In Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World, author Darius Graham celebrates more than a dozen men and women that have gone beyond making a difference-rather, they are the difference. A number of these individuals suffered hardships and overcame significant adversity to use their triumphs and successes to help others. Some followed a life-long passion, and still others became so frustrated with a problem or issue in their community that they were compelled to action. Despite the different paths they took, each took a dynamic approach to serve their fellow man. On a bold and heartfelt mission, this book exemplifies the idea that thing is impossible and that acts of generosity can and will change the world.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Darius Graham is a law student of the class of 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the founder of Books All Around, Inc. (www.booksallaround.org) a literacy initiative for youth and also served as a Gubernatorial Fellow at the Florida Department of Children & Families in the Office on Homelessness. An honoree of the 2005 Florida College Student of the Year Award and the Florida Governor's Points of Light Award for community service, he was named to the 2006 All-USA College Academic Team as one of the top college students in the country by USA Today.