・ Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibition Opens in Christchurch, New Zealand - Dec 8
The "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" exhibition opened on December 8 at Canterbury Public Library in Christchurch, New Zealand. This is the third venue in New Zealand for the exhibition. Sponsored by SGI-New Zealand, the show introduces the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, and displays valuable historical photographs and documents that chronicle the extensive lifework of the three peace leaders. The exhibition also presents the ideals they followed--the way of mentor and disciple, humanism, self-motivated altruism, the spirit of nonviolence, and an unflinching stance against persecution and oppression.
The song and dance of the Maoris, New Zealand's indigenous people, were presented, and Maori leader Riki Pitama gave greetings. Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, that initiated the exhibitions, sent a message that was read at the Christchurch opening. New Zealand Parliament member Tim Barnett stated that the significance of the undertakings of the three peace leaders would be difficult to express in words. Parliament member Rod Donald appealed to the audience to place themselves in the shoes of these three peace activists and consider what they might do, when taking action for peace. A local TV station, CTV, and local newspapers covered the exhibit, as well as introduced the SGI and its peace movement.