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King's Pilgrimage to India Exhibit (Feb 10, 1959 - Mar 18, 1959)

Jan 23 2019

This exhibit is the newest addition to the Institute's Google Arts & Culture page. In February of 1959, Martin Luther King, Jr. embarked on his journey to India, a trip that proved to become a momentous turning point for the charismatic leader during the uproar of the civil rights movement. At each leg of his trip, King met with high-ranking members of government and leaders of social movements, including Prime Minister Nehru and independence movement leader Vinoba Bhave. They engaged in heated discussions on political, economic, and social policies, during which King noted similarities between the treatment of blacks in the U.S. and “untouchables” in India. His charisma and speech empowered youth around the nation, especially in Ghandigram and Bombay. From the pilgrimage, King found a deeper connection to Gandhian philosophies and affirmed his belief in nonviolent resistance. 

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