Oct. 4 is St. Francis’ Feast Day
c. 1181/1182-Oct. 3, 1226
Francis: Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie dePaola (Holiday House, 1990)
Wealthy by birth, Francis gave away his possessions to help the poor and become a protector of animals.
The Catholic Encyclopedia writes about St. Francis.
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.
Mother Teresa, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Aug. 26, 1910-Sept. 5, 1997
Mother Teresa by Demi (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon and Schuster, 2005)
Mother Teresa’s message of service shines through this eloquent biography about her and her devotion to serve the “poorest of the poor.”
See the Vatican tribute to Mother Teresa.
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.
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.