Martin Luther King III calls Gandhi, King beacons of hope

February 17th, 2009 - 7:07 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): US civil rights leader Martin Luther King III and his delegation visited the Gandhi King Plaza at the India International Center here today.
Terming his visit to India as a rare honour, Martin Luther King III said he drew inspiration from Gandhi.
“We know that it only takes a few good women and men to bring change in the world. The world has a lot of difficult issues, but the examples of these two men show us what can be done if we are determined and dedicated,” said Martin Luther King III.
Prominent American civil right activists and lawmakers including John Lewis, Congressman Spencer Bachus, Andrew Young and legendary jazz musician and Grammy winner Herbie Hancock are part of the delegation.
The delegation is on a 12-day trip to India to retrace the steps of Martin Luther King Jr., who came to India to study Mahatma Gandhi.
The delegation will travel around major locations associated with Mahatma Gandhi.
The delegation will also visit Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad from where Mahatma Gandhi had started the 322 kilometers long salt march known as the ””””Dandi Yatra”””” as a mark of protest against tax levied on salt by the British in 1930.
Martin Luther King Jr. had visited India between February 10 and March 10 in 1959, and the month-long tour to places associated with Mahatma Gandhi had left a positive impact for his crusade in the US. (ANI)

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