Peace and Disarmament
Celebrating MLK Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, SGI-USA youth members in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, took part in the annual MLK Day parades in their respective areas. Two days earlier on January 14, SGI youth members in Atlanta had participated in a community-based youth leadership summit where they held workshops and discussed Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles of nonviolence and peace. SGI's antinuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was also on display during the event in Atlanta.
On the same day, over 180 SGI youth members in Honolulu, Hawai'i, marched in a Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, where they promoted SGI's youth-led initiative "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) which aims to empower young people to identify the root causes of violence by promoting nonviolence through dialogue and spreading the message of the sanctity of life. In California, the Martin Luther King National Holiday Celebration and Community Involvement Fair--a multi-ethnic interfaith program--was held at the SGI-USA World Culture Center Auditorium in Santa Monica.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-USA and from the Santa Monica Mirror; photos courtesy of the World Tribune, SGI-USA]