At the Lincoln memorial, prayers for nonviolence echoed across the Reflecting Pool.
On the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon, World Trade Center and Pennsylvania, and the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s first peaceful nonviolent protest in South Africa, the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence hosted a Day of Peace, Reconciliation and Remembrance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“On 9/11 let us gather to change the way we conduct ourselves. Let us commemorate this day as a Day of Peace, Reconciliation and Remembrance with prayers and music. Let us follow the path Gandhi showed us 100 years ago on this very day: a path of nonviolence to right wrongs. We invite you to join us on this historic occasion,” said Arun Gandhi, Founder of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
The inter-faith, non-partisan, presentation consisted of speeches by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Congressman John Lewis, a lifelong advocate of nonviolence who is often called one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced, performances by musicians Ericka Ovette, Broto Roy, and others, as well as prayers for peace by representatives of major faiths.
Krishna K. Roy, Chair of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence said, “let us make history again on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by calling for September 11 to be commemorated as a Day of Peace, Reconciliation and Remembrance. The world is weary of war and hate; we must dedicate ourselves to peace and honor the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King and other leaders of nonviolence. Every individual counts and we can and need to become soldiers in the force of peace.”
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