BirthdayJune 28, 1924

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Danilo Dolci

    Full name: Danilo Dolci
    Also known as: Danilo Dolci, Dolci, Danilo
    Professions: Author, sociologist, social activist
    Nationality: Italian
    Occupation: Social activist, sociologist, popular educator and poet

  2. Danilo Dolci Known for

    Prominent Antimafia activist and protagonist of the non-violence movement in Italy

  3. Danilo Dolci Death information

    Died: Tuesday, 30th of December, 1997 (Age: 73)

  4. Danilo Dolci Biography

    Danilo Dolci (June 28, 1924 – December 30, 1997) was an Italian social activist, sociologist, popular educator and poet. He is best known for his opposition to poverty, social exclusion and the Mafia on Sicily, and is considered to be one of the protagonists of the non-violence movement in Italy. He became known as the "Gandhi of Sicily".In the 1950s and 1960s, Dolci published a series of books (notably, in their English translations, To Feed the Hungry, 1955, and Waste, 1960) that stunned the outside world with their emotional force and the detail with which he depicted the desperate conditions of the Sicilian countryside and the power of the Mafia. Dolci became almost a cult hero-figure in Northern Europe and the United States. Young people idolised him and committees were formed to raise funds for his work.In 1958 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, despite being an explicit non-Communist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which in 1947 received the Nobel Peace Prize along with the British Friends Service Council, now called Quaker Peace and Social Witness, on behalf of all Quakers worldwide. Among those who publicly voiced support for his efforts were Carlo Levi, Erich Fromm, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Aldous Huxley, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernst Bloch. In Sicily, Leonardo Sciascia advocated many of his ideas. In the United States his proto-Christian idealism was absurdly confused with Communism.

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