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Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandi

Marilyn Turkovich, Program Director, Charter for Compassion, moderates a discussion with Dr. Michael Nagler (founder, Metta Center for Nonviolence), Dr. Claybourne Carson (Director, King Center, Stanford University) and Mandar Apte (director, cities4peace) in a conversation on King and Gandhi.

We are all aware of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s strong admiration for Mahatma Gandhi. Most of us however, are not aware of a transformational pilgrimage that MLK took to India, in 1959 to study Gandhi’s teachings. What did MLK learn from his trip to India? How did it support his belief in using nonviolence strategies for promoting social justice? How can these lessons help inform us today in a time of national and international turmoil?

We also invite you to watch the documentary film “From India With Love” produced by Mandar Apte (Board Member, Charter for Compassion) that describes the journey of six victims of violence from across America who embarked on a transformational journey to India, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had also visited India to study nonviolence. The common denominator that binds them in this story is their unique exposure to violence and their desire to reinvigorate the conversation about nonviolence in America.

Click here to view the film on Amazon.