Few in the US know that on September 11, 1906, Mahatma Gandhi launched his first public non-violence campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa and that to mark the occasion, a US-based institute plans to organise a rally in Washington.
The Tennessee-based M K Gandhi Institute is organising a public rally on the historic Lincoln Memorial grounds at the Mall in Washington, as a dramatic pro-active "Day of prayer, peace, reconciliation, and non-violence", against terrorism and other forms of violence worldwide.
"While for all American people, September 11, 2001, is a black day of mourning and hopelessness, it can be transformed into a day of hope and harmony," said Arun Gandhi, founder of the institute.
The rally will be preceded by a daylong conference on peace and non-violence on September 10 at Georgetown University, Washington.
Krishna K Roy, chair of the M K Gandhi Institute, said she expects the rally to attract a significant gathering.
"I chose the Lincoln Memorial grounds for this rally because this is where, in 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King delivered his historic 'I have a dream' speech, turning the tide against segregation in the United States that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act," she said.
"This conference is designed to bring together policy makers, mediators, activists, educators, game developers and others to explore how diverse peace actors can work together to increase their impact," she added.