His Life Changed the World …
How Will We Continue His Legacy in Our Lives?

gandhi at his spinning wheel He may be one of the best-known activists who has ever lived…His philosophy and methods were inspired by Jesus Christ…His movement informed the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world…

His vision was about lifting up the people…

His name was Mohandas K. Gandhi, the great “Mahatma.”

His life was about compassion and change, through nonviolent activism. And through his life and his work, the masses then were about to learn something that would change the world and the course of history forever.

One word says it all: Gandhi.

“Be The Change.”

“My Life is My Message.”

“An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind”

He was an unpretentious, humble man who was born 144 years ago. Yet his revolutionary philosophy is what activists study and implement in social movements to this day.

Mahatma (M.K.) Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869.  An assassin’s bullet took his life on January 30, 1948.  He is widely considered to be the father of the modern nation of India. His work was in nonviolence, centered in civil disobedience, and rooted in freedom from oppression.  And his work is as relevant today as it was then. There is a voluminous amount of information on Gandhi and his philosophy, and so much of which he himself wrote about on issues ranging from women’s rights, freedom, labor, farmers, health, and peace. For every important issue we face today, Mahatma Gandhi had a position that informs us in a pertinent way.

His simple life demonstrated how one person can be the change. He inspired and led protests against discrimination and for economic empowerment, and his work began in South Africa, where apartheid politics and practices were crushing black Africans and hope was a distant idea to them. But as momentum increased with Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence, he decided to take his initiative home to India where he would lead a movement to free India.

Gandhi’s life in India was modest. He created a self-sufficient community and wore simple clothing, which was home-spun in India. He was vegetarian and he often fasted as means of social protest as well as self-purification. He advocated nonviolence and truth in all situations. We can learn a lot from looking at his life and the revolutionary work and impact it has made. 

As we remembered Gandhi’s birthday on October 2, the world commemorated that day as the International Day of Nonviolence. That day gave us an opportunity to reflect annually and to truly reevaluate our own lives. It gave us the chance to see what else we can do to “Be the Change” in our lives and our communities.

Gandhi’s life truly was his message. Let us ask ourselves today: what message are we sending with our lives?

Join us at Gandhi Worldwide as we continue to recognize Gandhi’s birthday and the International Day of Nonviolence. Through our work here at Gandhi Worldwide we seek to carry on the legacy of Gandhi, as we share the amazing stories and work that the Mahatma’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, teaches about of his time growing up with his grandfather, and the great work that continues on today in India and around the world.

And, we invite you to join the travel delegation next year as Gandhi Legacy Tours launches the first historic Satyagraha Tour of South Africa led by Arun Gandhi. The year 2014 will be a very exciting time for change and ways you can join the mission and be part of the change.

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Missy Crutchfield Gandhi Worldwide Board Member

Missy Crutchfield

Missy Crutchfield

Editor-in-Chief, Gandhi’s Be Magazine

Board Member, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (“GWEI”)

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GWEI Board member Missy Crutchfield is Editor-in-Chief of Gandhi’s Be Magazine, a social entrepreneur, creator of Chattanooga Education, Arts & Culture—a city department nationally recognized by Virtual Schools Symposium, Partnership for Livable Communities, Arts and Education Partnership, and the National Education Association for addressing arts & social issues and lifelong learning. Missy has held leadership in media, community development, higher education, and local government, she has developed model initiatives for addressing arts & social issues and community-building: “Remember Your Dream,” “Connecting the Dots,” “Sisters Speak Out,” “Boyz Inc.,” “The Truth Project,” and “Unbroken.”

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