Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda. What do these people all have in common?
They were all activists determined to create a world where everybody could live a free and happy life.
Not only did these three men succeed in leading a movement, they did so on a platform of peace and non-violence.
Boise State brings the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: “A Legacy of Building Peace” exhibit as a part of the MLK Living Legacy Celebration.
The exhibit features photographs, quotes and other inspiring facts about these heroes.
“The exhibit was created with the hope that by analyzing and connecting the lives of these great figures, our viewers will be able to discover the lofty ideals and principles within their daily existence,” Milaun Danclar, legacy delegate of the MLK Living Legacy Committee, said. “This exhibit will give our viewers the chance to understand the legacies of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda for themselves and that despite our differences in race, and religious backgrounds, we can still unite as one to achieve peace and happiness for all people.”
While many Americans know about Martin Luther King Jr. and his movement, most do not know the paths that Gandhi and Ikeda forged.
Gandhi led India to independence from British rule with a message of nonviolent civil disobedience.
Ikeda has started the largest and most diverse international Buddhist association to date, spreading peace across borders worldwide.
“Three men from three different cultures and continents, have followed a common path of profound dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all people,” Danclar said. “(The exhibit) conveys the themes and pivotal principles in the lives of these giants of the 20th century.”
The exhibit will be divided into different sections to demonstrate where these three lives have paralleled.
“These examples of principled leadership dedicated to improving the world through creating that world in their every day choices is relevant to all of us, everyday. Their collective commitment to non-violence as both a means and a goal in transforming the world is a long ways off, but in the MLK Living Legacy Committee we believe it is possible,” Danclar said.
The exhibit opened on Feb. 3 in the Student Union Gallery. There was a Keynote Address by Lawrence Edward Carter, the first Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, who opened the exhibit.
For more information on the MLK Living Legacy Committee, visit mlk.boisestate.edu.