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In the footsteps of King

Fifty years ago, Rev Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta undertook a historic tour of India — in search of the roots of the non-violent movement for Indian independence. This month, their son, Martin Luther King III, will retrace their footsteps.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2009 00:18 IST

Fifty years ago, Rev Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta undertook a historic tour of India — in search of the roots of the non-violent movement for Indian independence. This month, their son, Martin Luther King III, will retrace their footsteps.

Relieving the journey

Feb 9, 1959: King, Coretta arrived in Mumbai on PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s invitation.
Over the next month, they travelled to New Delhi and several other cities. King also met Rajendra Prasad and other social reformers; laid a wreath at Rajghat.
March 9: Left for home.

Following his father

Feb 15, 2009: Martin Luther King III arrives in New Delhi
Feb 16: Will attend ‘Living Dream’ concert by Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Zakir Hussain and others.
Feb 18–27: Will visit Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Thiruvanantha-puram, Chennai and Kolkata; meet leaders, students.
He’ll be accompanied by prominent US civil rights leaders, including Representative John Lewis, last surviving speaker from 1963 March on Washing-ton, for a portion of the tour.
The tour has been organised by the US mission in India, with the Indian government.

The aim

To underscore the enduring global importance of the King and Gandhi legacies.
Multi-media exhibit ‘Journeys to Freedom: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s Visit to India’
‘Living Dream’ concerts in Delhi and Mumbai
Visits to Rajghat, Gandhi Smriti
Music workshops at Ravi Shankar Institute for the Performing Arts, Delhi
Maulana Azad lecture, Delhi, on Feb 17
Visit to Mani Bhavan, center of Mahatma’s Mumbai activities
Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Tribute concert in Chennai featuring actor Kamal Haasan, composer A.R. Rehman and poet Vairamuthu
Visit to Mother House, Kolkata