Washington, June 15
The US State Department has launched the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative which explores the history and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first of its kind initiative, which was launched on Tuesday, brings together 20 emerging young civic leaders from India and the United States to advance civil rights, social justice and inclusion at the local, national and international levels.
The exchange was championed by the late civil rights leader John Lewis.
According to the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs, the exchange will open Wednesday, featuring a one-week virtual program and orientation, followed by a two-week academic residency at Alabama A&M University, Historical Black College and University (HBCU). ) and the University of Alabama.
In addition to classroom learning and discussion, participants will visit civil rights sites in Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.
In January 2023, Indian and American participants will reunite in India to visit important sites, communities and organizations that form their educational curriculum, which is centered around pedagogical themes of peace, nonviolence and conflict resolution, and build their leadership. capacity, a media release said.