I'll never forget standing in this square and remembering this photo which has is now known as one of the "100 Photographs That Changed the World," by LIFE.
"When this young man simply would not move, standing with his meager bags before a line of tanks [in Beijing, China], a hero was born. A second hero emerged as the tank driver refused to crush the man, and instead drove his killing machine around him. Soon this dream would end, and blood would fill Tiananmen. But this picture had shown a billion Chinese that there is hope."
What makes this photo even more interesting is that even though we think of China as an open market ecomony (think of all the trading we do with them), just six years ago when I was there, my Chinese tour guide told me that we were forbidden to discuss this incident in public due to secret police lurking around the square. Our tour guide also said that at the time this photo was taken, the Chinese even IN Beijing did not know what was going on in the square nor did they see this photo. When I think of this man and his courage, it makes me realize that one person, just one person, can indeed make a difference.