Mahatma Gandhi’s Grandson, Arun Gandhi Visits McCallie For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2014
Arun Gandhi
Arun Gandhi

“It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off!” at one of the nation’s top private schools for boys, McCallie School located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Home to famed alumni like CNN Founder Ted Turner, McCallie School welcomes another world figure to their campus for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20.

Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, will speak on his grandfather’s philosophy and the role that it played in shaping both Dr. King and the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King once called Mr. Gandhi “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

McCallie Headmaster Dr. Kirk Walker said, “We are very pleased that our school community can salute Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy by hearing from the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, a man whose vision and work served as an inspiration to Dr. King. Their message of hope and nonviolence remains as important today as it was in the last century.”

Mr. Gandhi's visit to McCallie is the result of a partnership between McCallie School and the nonprofit GAIA (Global Action Initiatives Alliance).

Mr. Gandhi said, “I am pleased to be visiting the campus of McCallie School where GAIA’s Boyz Inc. program has previously worked together with the school for a first-ever boys leadership camp this past summer.

Dr. Walker said, “We have enjoyed the opportunity to partner with Global Action Initiatives Alliance in bringing Dr. Gandhi to McCallie and look forward to our ongoing work together in developing tomorrow's leaders."

Missy Crutchfield, CEO of GAIA, expressed her hope that “this relationship will serve as a model for other partnerships between GAIA and schools and community centers across the country and around the world, building, in essence, a network of interested groups focused on finding and sharing ways to promote nonviolence in our cities and our schools.”

Mr. Gandhi echoed her sentiments and expressed the hope that all of these agencies might one day be part of a Gandhi Global Center for Peace, a project that GAIA is currently developing.

For more information about Gandhi Visits, the Gandhi Global Center for Peace, and GAIA (Global Action Initiatives Alliance) contact: Missy Crutchfield at

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