Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

An touring exhibition, “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” that promotes the ideals of non-violence and celebrates peace builders and human rights champions, will be on display Aug. 16-26 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. An opening ceremony and address by Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr., International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 followed by exhibit viewing. The events are free of charge and open to the public.

The exhibition highlights the contributions to humanity of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daisuku Ikeda. The three men came from different cultures and continents, but shared a commitment to improving the lives of all people. Having fought selflessly in their respective times, each left an enduring legacy for humanity, illuminating the path to non-violence, human rights and peace. This didactic exhibition explores themes of the innate dignity of humanity, principles of nonviolence, triumph over adversity, and shaping the future through action. The exhibit features colorful photographs, inspiring quotes and factual information about the three luminaries, displayed in free-standing, flowing, curved walls.

Dr. Lawrence Carter, who developed the exhibition, noted, “… I hope that by examining the lives of these great individuals, viewers would be inspired to create value in the context of their own daily lives through the application of the ideals of peace and non-violence.”