October 2 Birthday: GANDHI


Mahatma Gandhi, peacemaker

Oct. 2, 1869-Jan. 30, 1948

Gandhi by Demi (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001)

The life of this extraordinary leader who fought “the disease of prejudice” through nonviolent means is accompanied by stunning illustrations.

The Mahatma Gandhi.org web site provides additional information about Gandhi; his life, his work and his philosophy.

August 7 Birthday: Ralph Bunche. PATHS TO PEACE: PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Ralph Bunche, peacemaker

Aug. 7, 1904-Dec. 9, 1971

Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (Dutton, 2006)

Sixteen profiles of world peacemakers include a double-page spread of American diplomat Bunche. Stunning collages accompany each biography. Bunche was the first person of color to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

To learn more about Dr. Ralph Bunche, visit the PBS site Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey.

April 27 Birthday: Coretta Scott King-CORETTA SCOTT

Coretta Scott King, peacemaker

April 27, 1927-January 20, 2006

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen Books, 2009)

A poetic tribute to Scott King and her involvement in the civil rights movement that touched us all.

A biography of Scott King is posted at The King Center, a living memorial to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.