50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Visit to India

martinlutherkingiii A US Congressional delegation is visiting Mumbai to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to India, 5 decades ago.

The delegation includes Martin Luther King III as well as other prominent Black leaders from the USA.

He, along with US Representative John Lewis, who was part of the civil rights movement, and congressman Spencer Bachus were present at the historic Gateway of India on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of late Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to India to study Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophies.

“I am honoured to be here to retrace the steps of my father who came to pay tribute to Mr Gandhi,” said Martin Luther King III in his opening statement. According to him, this 50-year-commemoration is extremely important as right now the world needs the message of non violence more than ever. He believes it is also the time to applaud the spirit of the people here. He added, “Mumbai is a great city that can and has overcome tragic circumstances.”

The location was chosen to speak about the importance of peace and non-violence and the philosophies shared by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr as it has been witness to a lot of bloodshed in the recent terror attacks. Also present were Andrea King, wife of Martin Luther King III, Congresswomen Jackson Lee and Loretta Sanchez.

Here is a complete transcript and link to a radio address recording on All India Radio.

1 Comment so far

  1. extempore on February 20th, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

    I went to watch another part of the tour called the Living Dream concert – Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, DeeDee Bridgewater, George Duke, and some students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Yummy, yummy!

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