Personal and Social Transformation

Last semester I took a class on the lives of Gandhi, Dorothy Day and Malcolm X. We analyzed their personal transformations as it related to the social transformations they helped to inform. Please take a look at the lives of each of these three great figures. While none of the three were perfect, they certainly were courageous. Each of them underwent tremendous personal transformation. They exemplify, each in their own way, the relationship between personal and social transformation. I’m not a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Catholic, yet I learned how to be a better person from each one of these figures. Take a look at the links below. A note on the Malcolm X video: Many videos one can find on youtube of Malcolm X are of his early years. Notice the change in him from early in his life to his later thinking (he wore a beard more later in his life, you should be able to hear the difference in his message, much more ecumenical, less vitriolic and polemical). It’s pretty easy to judge any of these figures by seeing a small clip of them orating, but for a more informed look I recommend reading each of their autobiographies.

    Dorothy Day — http://www.youtube.com/user/4854derrida#p/u/1/zZXZmuRekyE
    Gandhi — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCbWH0TC870&feature=fvw
    Malcolm X — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgjoszGtucg

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