UDC News


January 26, 2009


Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace Exhibition
Opens at the University of the District of Columbia



Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia will host the national touring exhibit “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” February 3rd through February 27th 2009 at the Learning Resource Center Library on the main Van Ness Campus.

The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Building 41, A-03. The program will feature a musical performance by the Soka Gakkai International Chorus, the “Community Builders” video, and keynote speaker, Author and Africare Development Director, Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter, author of the just released Freedom in My Heart: Voices from the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

The “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” (GKI) exhibit delivers a striking message about the difference that one person can make in promoting human rights and peace through non-violent action. Depicted in the display are the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, three individuals from different cultures, continents and religious traditions whose dedication to the equality and inherent dignity of all humanity has changed the course of history around the world. The organizers, The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College and the Soka Gakkai International USA, of the exhibit hope that by examining the lives of these great figures, viewers will be inspired to pursue the lofty ideals and principles depicted in the exhibit in their own lives.

“I am deeply moved and gratified to know that this exhibition is opening at the University of the District of Columbia”, stated Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Dean of The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. “I conceptualized and created this exhibit to celebrate the ideal community that results from humanity’s effort to foster peace and equality for all nonviolent means.”

“The rare nature of the exhibit arrives at the right time in this moment of history in Washington, DC”, said Dr. Kathleen H. Dockett, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, University of the District of Columbia. “The influence of these committed and great individuals can serve as a great educational example for all of us.”

This highly acclaimed, nationally touring exhibition has been viewed by more than one million people in 30 countries. It features photographs, inspiring quotations and historical information about these three champions of the people. It will be on display at the main UDC Library in Building 41, A-Level. The exhibit is free and will be open to the public from February 3rd through the 27th, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The exhibit is being sponsored by the UDC Chapter of Psychology Students for Social Responsibility in partnership with the UDC Division of Student Affairs and Learning Resources Division, The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse University, and Soka Gakkai International-USA. (SGI-USA). Dr. Lawrence Carter, Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Gandhi Institute of Reconciliation, Morehouse College conceptualized and initialized the creation of the exhibit. SGI-USA is a culturally diverse Buddhist association with more than 90 centers located throughout the country. Its community-based activities encourage a commitment to the values of peace, culture and education.






            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Gustavo A. Paredes, Manager for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.