Our Co-Founders

Missy and Arun in India

Arun Gandhi

Fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, Arun Gandhi grew up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa and he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun 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. Having the opportunity to live with Gandhi for a couple years as a teenage boy, his Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. Arun has dedicated his life and work to sharing these lessons all around the world. Arun is the author of several books, including “Gandhi’s Legacy of Love,” “The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi,” and most recently the bestselling Simon & Schuster book “Grandfather Gandhi.”

Missy Crutchfield

Editor-in-Chief of Gandhi’s Be Magazine (www.BeMagazine.org) and co-founder of the Gandhi Global Center for Peace with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. Missy has held leadership positions in government, education, and the media. She is also founder and author of “Sisters Speak Out”–a three-act play and workshop series addressing issues around domestic violence, and means of prevention. Inspired by the Ones who have gone before us, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela–Missy is passionate about inspiring, empowering, and activating the next generation of Changemakers today. She has been actively engaged on the global stage, conducting workshops and participating in speaking engagements on human rights at international events including the Rabaa International Sit-in in Istanbul, Turkey and a video message at the Democracy, Human Rights in Egypt, and the Bloodshed in Gaza Forum at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. Most recently, she has spoken at Free Egypt forums at University of Bridgeport, Ct, in front of Fox News and Times Square in New York City, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, NJ, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley.

“Missy Crutchfield has a passion and a vision for changing the world. We first became acquainted when Missy joined the “Gandhi Legacy Tour” retracing my grandfather’s footsteps across India. Our conversations made an impression on me. And as we have worked together on several projects and tours, we are now planning a vision for a Gandhi Global Center for Peace.”

-Arun Gandhi

Arun and Missy with Refugee Response Youth

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