Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World

From experimental filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to South African president Nelson Mandela to music educator Zoltan Kodaly, learn about men to vision who overcame obstacles to make the world a better place. In this companion book to Amelia to Zora, Cynthia Chin-Lee focues on men who brought about change through peaceful methods. Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's detailed collages highlight events and themes in the men's lives.

An Excerpt from Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World

M is for Mohandas, father of modern India. Mohandas Karamchand Gandi was so shy as a boy that when school ended, he would run home so he would not have to talk to anyone. At age 17 Mohandas left British-ruled India to study law in England. He later moved to South Africa to work. There he was shocked when he was rudely thrown off a train -- even though he had a first-class ticket -- because of his skin color. Mohandas then decided to lead a peaceful protect against the unfair laws of South Africa. After 21 years there, Mohandas now called Mahatma, meaning "great soul," returned to India. In 1919, after British soldiers opened fire on a group of protesters, Mahatma urged Indians to oust the British without violence. To help India become independent from England, he organized protests against unfair laws, often enduring long jail terms and harsh conditions as a result. He encouraged the Indian people to show their independence from British trade and rule by growing their own food and making their own cloth, salt, and other necessities. In 1947 Britain withdrew peacefully from India.
"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind."
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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2006 Charlesbridge - Hardcover/Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57091-579-6 (hardcover), 978-1-57091-580-2 (paperback)