1000 Lights For Peace is a city wide event that happens in Houston, Texas. Light a candle together with thousands of community members around the globe, in solidarity making a commitment to peace and nonviolence in the world, Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston Texas.
1000 Lights for Peace starts with a 5K Walk for Peace starting at the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the beautiful Rose Garden in Hermann Park and finishes on stage at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Register for the 5K Walk for Peace! Register Online at gandhilibrary.org
At the theater, we have an international cultural program with participants representing a broad cross section of participants from Asia, Africa, Hispanics, and Mainstream America. Entertainment starts at 5PM and ends around 8pm. Community leaders will give short talks, and you can experience an amazing array of multicultural talent. Bring your family, and free ice cream for children. Meet and be a part of the Houston community dedicated to Peace and Nonviolence. Experience the Mahatma Gandhi Darshan Exhibit first hand which portrays the chronological lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi with actual photographs from that era.
Past speakers include: Menil director Josef Helfenstein, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture, Mayor Annise Parker, Former Mayor Bill White, Former Mayor Lee Brown, US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Tx), Sonal Bhuchar, Former President of Fort Bend ISD, HISD Superintendent of Schools, Abelardo Saavedra, Ph.D., P.K. McCarey of Think Peace Radio, K. Mohandas, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. (partial list)
resolution 36/67 of 30 November 1981, by which it declared that the third Tuesday of September, the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly, shall be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Mahatma Gandhi Library Houston, invites you as an individual to act on the UN International Day of Peace, to help create peace in the world - not only peace between nations, but peace and nonviolence in our homes, communities and schools.
We are having our Peace and Nonviolence Celebration Sunday, October 4th. Please join us and light a candle in solidarity with fellow Houstonians, making a personal commitment to finding creative solutions to problem solving rather than resorting to violence.
Originated in 2006 by Atul Kathari, founder of the Mahatma Gandhi Library as well as curator for the Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Houston. The 1000 Lights For Peace Celebration is only one component of a mission to engage a new generation, in thought provoking projects such as art, writing, speech, and film. Throughout the year, challenges in the form of contests are set by the Mahatma Gandhi Library staff to engage another generation of youth in history, culture, and a commitment to idea share above violence.
The Mahatma Gandhi Library sponsors a year long program traveling between schools, children's museums, libraries and more. There are poster competitions, creative writing showcases, multimedia and speech contests for young people. Children are our future.
A very special AHIMSA Award is given each year honoring a community member, who is a peace crusader.
Mahatma Gandhi Week Opportunities! gandhilibrary.org
Creative Writing / Essay Contest, Poster Contest, iTribute Contest Film Competition, Register for the 5K Walk for Peace!
As a Nobel Laureate Friends nominated Mohandas Gandhi for the 1948 prize. That year, however, there was no Peace Prize because he died before the prize could be awarded.
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