Liz Kazandzhy


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Social Activities, Politics, Biography, Prejudice, Racism, Nonfiction

Document Type

Book Review


Peace Warriors is a compilation of six biographies of social activists who sought to bring about positive change during difficult times using peaceful means. Presented in chronological order, the biographies include the following people: Mahatma Gandhi (1869), who promoted racial equality and political independence in India; Dorothy Day (1897), an American journalist and pacifist who helped the poor and homeless; Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929), leader of the American civil rights movement; Desmond Tutu (1931), a South African man who worked to end apartheid; the 14th Dalai Lama (1935), who has advocated harmony among religions in Tibet; and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (1938), the first female president to be elected in an African country. Each biography covers major events from the lives of each individual, starting from early life, and specifically emphasizes their roles in promoting the peace movement.