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Silhouette of Gandhi leading people against a rising sun with doves.

Arun Gandhi - The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi

Arun Gandhi — a socio-political activist and the fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi — will be the keynote presenter for an event in Delano geared toward Early College high school students. He will also have lunch with student leaders on campus. His book, titled "The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather" is about channeling our anger to motivate ourselves and others to create change.

This event is brought to you in collaboration with the BC Rural Initiatives and Early College programs.

Accommodations are available with advanced notice. Please contact Abel Guzman.

Arun Gandhi Biography

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Gandhi is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

Arun Gandhi has rescued over 125 orphan children from the streets, placed them in loving homes around the world, and began a Center for Social Change, which transformed the lives of millions in villages in the western state of Maharashtra. He and his wife, they started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow.

In 1987, Gandhi came to the US, and started the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. In the 17 years of the Institute’s life, the Gandhi’s took the message of nonviolence and peace to thousands of high schools and universities around the US, and much of the Western World. Gandhi’s life commitment as a Peace Farmer is to pass on the message, principles and wisdom of one of the world’s greatest men, his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.

Arun Gandhi Author Portrait

The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons From My Grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi

The real potential with anger is to best respond by channeling this powerful energy to motivate ourselves toward positive and constructive action. Discover vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi—in this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace. The ten vital life lessons strike a universal chord about self-discovery, identity, dealing with anger, depression, loneliness, friendship, and family—perfect for anyone searching for a way to affecting healing change in a fractured world. In the current troubled climate, in our country, and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before.

This event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and part of BC's Celebration of Gandhi.

The Gift of Anger book cover.

Time and Place

Monday, September 30, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RFK Auditorium at Delano High school

Inside the auditorium.

BC Chamber Singers to Perform

In honor of our speaker, BC's Performing Arts will have a select group of the Chamber Singers at the event to perform Bridge over Troubled Waters for the audience.

Date & Time: 
Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RFK High School Auditorium - 1401 Hiett Ave, Delano, CA 93215