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    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

    Peace is the most powerful tool for any social change. That’s the profound message of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi), one of the most powerful revolutionary leaders in modern history.

    Respectfully called the “Mahatma” or “Great Soul” by his followers, Gandhi’s only weapons were piercing words and peaceful protests. Without guns or bombs, he altered the course of India’s future, and freed the subcontinent from centuries of colonial rule.


    Gandhi’s message still serves an inspiration for the oppressed people of the world, reassuring them that justice and rights can be achieved without bloodshed.

    One of America’s greatest civil rights leaders found inspiration in the life and works of Gandhi: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In his account of a 1959 trip to India, King wrote that the spirit of Gandhi is still alive, but that “nobody comes near the stature of Mahatma.”

    To bring new relevance to Gandhi’s teachings, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1991 by Gandhi’s own grandson, Arun. The Institute’s mission reminds us all that choosing peaceful protest instead of violence is critical to the survival of humanity.

    The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence collaborates with local organizations, academic institutions, students and committed peacemakers to promote nonviolenceeducation, sustainability, and environmental conservation, and the promotion of restorative justice. It also provides skill training resources in nonviolent communication (NVC), self-reflection, meditation, and experiential interconnectedness.

    Public service  students or anyone interested in the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence can visit gandhiinstitute.org for more information. Make a donation, or see what you can do to further the power of peace.

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