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Descendants of peace descend upon Dayton

Three great men with missions of nonviolence protesting and equal rights
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela

A Season for Nonviolence to ignite hope with a historic march

Dayton, OH: Prepare to witness a historic convergence of legacies for peacemaking and social justice. This January, Dayton, Ohio, will host a Season for Nonviolence event unlike any other, bringing together descendants of four icons who shaped the landscape of global nonviolence: Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela; and Reverend Joel King and Yolanda King, two esteemed members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. family.

This 64-day campaign, running from January 30th to April 4th, 2024, is more than just an event; it's a movement. It's a vibrant tapestry woven from workshops, discussions, film screenings, community building activities, and powerful testimonials, all aiming to reignite the flame of nonviolence in our hearts and homes.

Imagine the unparalleled dialogue:

• Tushar Gandhi, carrying the torch of his great grandfather's Satyagraha philosophy, will share insights on harnessing the power of truth and nonviolent resistance.

• Mandla Mandela, grandson of the South African freedom fighter, will speak on dismantling barriers of inequality and embracing Ubuntu – the profound sense of shared humanity.

• Joining them will be voices from the King family, weaving the American civil rights saga into the global tapestry of nonviolent revolution.

But here's where history truly walks among us:

  • A Historic March in Solidarity: Culminating in a powerful unity march February 1 at a school in Trotwood. The Season for Nonviolence will pay homage to both the iconic Salt March led by Mahatma Gandhi and the marches for civil rights led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: This symbolic march will retrace a significant route within Dayton, echoing the spirit of nonviolent resistance that changed the course of history. A Beacon of Hope for the Future: As descendants of these legendary figures walk side-by-side with the Dayton community, the march will become a powerful symbol of unity, progress, and the enduring legacy of nonviolence.

Engagements that Spark Conversation:

  • Chaminade Julienne and Clark State speeches: Sharing insights on nonviolence and social justice, Tushar will engage students and professionals through thought-provoking talks.

  • Afro-American Cultural Museum and Wilberforce visit: Delving into the rich history of African American activism, Tushar will pay homage to pioneers who paved the way for global human rights movements.

  • Press conference at Sinclair Community College: Tushar will engage with media outlets, offering perspectives on contemporary issues and the enduring relevance of nonviolent resistance.

  • Wright Brothers Immersion: Following the footsteps of innovation, Tushar will explore the birthplace of aviation, drawing parallels between scientific progress and the pursuit of a more peaceful world.

  • Wright State University Visit: A packed day awaits at Wright State, featuring a lecture, discussions with students and faculty, and a campus tour led by student ambassadors.

  • First Day of a Season for Nonviolence film screening: Tushar will join the Dayton community in reflecting on the ongoing struggle for equality and peace, sparked by the powerful documentary "Who Killed Gandhi?"

  • Model UN and BSOM student engagement: Fostering future leaders, Tushar will connect with young minds through interactive sessions on diplomacy and healthcare within a global context.

  • Community events and dinners: From a VIP reception at IPM to a heartwarming gathering with members of the community, Tushar will weave connections with Dayton residents, fostering dialogue and understanding. This is not just a look back in history; it's a springboard for the future. Witnessing the convergence of these living legacies will inspire and empower us to tackle the challenges of our own time with the same courage and conviction that propelled their ancestors.

Join us in Dayton:

• Learn: Workshops and panel discussions will delve into the philosophies and strategies of nonviolence, equipping you with practical tools for everyday life.

• Connect: Participate in community-building activities that foster understanding and break down barriers.

• Be inspired: Hear firsthand accounts of nonviolent resistance in action, from the streets of South Africa to the marches of Selma.

• Become a changemaker: Leave Dayton empowered to build a more just and compassionate world, one step at a time.

• March with history: Join the historic unity march to honor the legacies of Gandhi and King, and walk towards a brighter future.

A Season for Nonviolence is not just for Dayton; it's for every city, every town, every heart yearning for a more peaceful world. This is a moment to rewrite the narrative of our times, to choose understanding over division, and to ignite the hope for a future where nonviolence is not just a dream, but a lived reality.

Join us. Spread the word. Let Dayton be the spark that illuminates the path to a brighter tomorrow.

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