The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University prganized this conference to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth by presenting a major, international Gandhi-King conference from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13, 2019. This conference featured three days of lectures and panel discussions at Stanford University by prominent scholars and activists who will reassess the legacies of Gandhi and King in a contemporary global context. Ela and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandchildren of Mahatma Gandhi, Anthony Chavez, and Juanita Chavez will be honored guests.
Although Gandhi and King are widely celebrated and revered for their role in twentieth century struggles for citizenship rights, many admirers give insufficient attention to their broader concerns, such as poverty, war, environmental degradation, and the denial of human rights. Such twenty-first century issues are as urgent as ever, taking on forms such as the migrant refugee crisis, catastrophic climate change, and extreme wealth inequality. Gandhi once proclaimed that “There is no limit to extending our services to our neighbours across State-made frontiers. God never made those frontiers.” King prophesied that “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” These global visions are at the heart of our October conference.
This historic gathering is the first event of the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI), an effort to build an international network of institutions, organizations, and activists committed to the nonviolent struggle for human rights. This network will seek to enhance the rich history of intellectual and political collaboration between activists inspired by Gandhi and King.