Peace and Disarmament
Morehouse College Sponsors "Gandhi, King, Ikeda" Exhibition at Yale University, USA
On January 29-February 9, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted "Gandhi, King, Ikeda--Peace Through Nonviolence" exhibition at Yale Afro-American Cultural Center in Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Yale Coalition for Diversity collaborated on the event introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda. Many distinguished guests from the local community and university faculty and students attended the opening, including Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel; and Saraswathi Vedam, assistant professor of nursing at Yale and chair of the Yale Coalition on Diversity.
At the opening, Dr. Carter and Ms. Vedam spoke, respectively. Dr. Carter emphasized the need to eliminate the root cause of violence, an "epidemic" prevailing in our society and victimizing the socially vulnerable, including children. He also expressed his respect for Mr. Ikeda for his efforts to establish an educational system and various institutions promoting a permanent peace. Ms. Vedam expressed her pleasure to host the event to promote diversity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, which, she believes, are important values for peace in U.S. society. She also stated that the show teaches the importance of courage to overcome violence through the three leaders' nonviolent struggles.
Former President of Thoreau Society Ronald A. Bosco gave a commemorative lecture at the closing ceremony on February 9. Dr. Bosco stated that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry D. Thoreau harmonized through their poetry. He emphasized that their spiritual legacy has been inherited by Gandhi, King and Ikeda through their peace and nonviolent activism.