“I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace…”
—Mildred Norman, Peace Pilgrim
People come, people go. There are few who live forever. Mildred Norman is one of them.
Mildred’s pilgrimage started on new year’s day of 1953 from the Rose Bowl parade, “America’s New Year Celebration” held in Pasadena, California. Mildred Norman who aptly called herself “Peace Pilgrim”, spent these 28 years traveling from coast to coast of North America, criss-crossing US states and Canadian provinces giving the word ‘minimalist’ a new meaning and value. Wearing the same pair of blue jeans and tunic which always carried a comb, pen, toothbrush and a map (and nothing else), Peace Pilgrim never asked for anything more.
When Peace pilgrim started her walk, Korean War had already broken out. Peace Pilgrim went about on her mission of making the nations at war realize the importance of peace for the world. She showed that people can live a meaningful life living only on the bare necessities of life. “People are good. There is a spark of good in everybody,” Peace Pilgrim opined in reference to the generosity of the people she met on her trail.
Although she is not among us today, Peace Pilgrim’s legacy will continue to prevail until all of humanity learn the meaning of persistence and courage!
Peace Pilgrim’s memoir of her inspirational journey for peace is traced in her autobiography, “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words“.