How did Elie Wiesel help the Civil Rights Movement?

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Elie Wiesel has dedicated his life to the human rights movement.  Having survived the hatred of the Nazis in a death camp, he vowed to never remain silent about how his people were treated.  He educated the world about the depravity of racism and has been a champion of the cause of human freedom. Through the years, Wiesel has spoken out and demanded action against human rights abuses on a global scale. During the 1970s, he was a vocal opponent of the system of apartheid in South Africa.  He also pressured the international community to intervene in ethnic cleansing incidents in Bosnia, Cambodia, and Rwanda. Wiesel established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity in 1988 and has been active in helping Ethiopian Jews and Darfuri refugees through education and training. His efforts as an advocate for human rights has been an inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement for decades.