‘Gandhi, King, Ikeda – A Legacy of Building Peace’ Exhibition Opens

May 12, 2006 ◄ Back to list

On May 12, 2006, the much awaited ‘Gandhi,King,lkeda (GKI) – A Legacy of Building Peace' exhibition made its debut in Malaysia, at the SGM Culture Centre, Cheras. Launched by Datuk M. Kayveas, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, the exhibition opening was attended by more than 400 people, including penghulus and representatives from the local community in Hulu Langat.

The exhibition features the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, and highlights their respective non-violence movements and contributions to peace. After Cheras, the exhibition will travel to various states in Malaysia from May till September.

The key message of the exhibition is to highlight the difference one person can make in promoting peace through non-violent action. The unique idea of having three figures from three different cultures and continents together as an exhibition is of particular significance because it shows that peace and justice exist beyond all human-laid boundaries.

In his opening speech, Datuk M Kayveas mentioned that, "My sincere hope is that all Malaysians will continue to work hard to consolidate the foundation of a united and resilient nation before we entrust the destiny of this nation to the next generation. We have no choice, but together, we have to leave behind us, 'a legacy of building peace' as Gandhi, King, Ikeda did."

This is the first time the exhibition is making its appearance in Southeast Asia. The exhibition has so far been shown in more than 20 countries outside of USA, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa and Taiwan - viewed by an estimated 350,000 people.

The GKI exhibition was created in 1999 by Dr Lawrence E. Carter Sr, the Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, USA. Morehouse College was the alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr. and is considered one of the most eminent American education institutions.

The GKI exhibition in Malaysia is organised by Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, USA and co-sponsored by Soka Gakkai Malaysia and PEACE Malaysia.

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