King Center visited by two of India’s pre-eminent nonviolent leaders

3/30/2012 King Center News

Bernice A. King, chief executive officer of the King Center, is presented a special homespun shawl made by Indian women (symbolic of India’s Independence movement) by Dr. Sanghamitra Gadekar and her father, Mr. Narayan Desai. Dr. Gadekar is a top leader of India’s nonviolent anti-nuclear movement and her father is a leader of India’s nonviolent movements for peace and land for the poor, as well as the son of Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary. Mr. Desai is also the author of an acclaimed 4-volume biography of Gandhi. The Indian leaders also presented Mrs. King with a poem by Jhaverchand Meghani (dubbed India’s “national poet” by Gandhi). Ms. King presented the leaders copies of ‘What manner of Man?”, a book written by her father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a photograph of the recently-dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

Bernice A. King, chief executive officer of the King Center, flanked by two of India’s pre-eminent nonviolent leaders, Mr. Narayan Desai (left) and his daughter, Dr. Sanghamitra Gadekar (right), pose in front of a display case in The King Center’s Gandhi Room.