Peace and Disarmament

Back to listFeb 22, 2005

SGI-USA Hosts Youth Nonviolence Conference to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Youth participants at "Visions of Peace: From Indifference to Making a Difference" at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center

On January 17, a national holiday to celebrate and honor the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), SGI-USA Northeastern Zone hosted the second annual nonviolence conference for youth at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. The Temple of Understanding, a nongovernmental organization for promoting interfaith dialogue and education, cohosted the event. SGI-USA youth representatives and some 200 local high school and university students from New York City, ages 14 to 25, participated. Entitled "Visions of Peace: From Indifference to Making a Difference," the conference included workshops, lectures, films and entertainment on peace, nonviolence and harmonious coexistence. At a group discussion on "nonviolence and religions," an SGI-USA youth representative introduced Nichiren Buddhism's nonviolent philosophy and concept of "human revolution," an inner-directed, self-reformation that leads to positive changes in one's immediate environment and society. "Victory Over Violence," an anti-violence campaign spear-headed by the SGI-USA youth division, was also introduced.