More than sixty years ago, on February 3rd, 1959, Martin Luther King, Jr., embarked on a five-week-long journey to India. The trip had a tremendous and lasting impact on King. Experiencing firsthand the results of Gandhi's nonviolent activism, King solidified his belief in the power of nonviolence as a guiding principle in the pursuit of freedom and justice.
This week features a lesson plan devoted to King's Pilgrimage to India. Examine with students the reasons for the journey, learn about the people and places King visited, and find out how the trip to India impacted King and his understanding and practice of nonviolence.