Secretary Clinton Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Trip to India

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 13, 2009

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton sent off Martin Luther King, III, U.S. Representative John Lewis, U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus, and Herbie Hancock on their cultural delegation to India. The delegation will commemorate the tour made by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, 50 years ago to study the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. King and other leaders of the civil rights movement drew on Gandhi’s ideas to transform American society.

Secretary Clinton said: "As we celebrate Black History Month here at home, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s trip to India is a reminder that the struggle for civil rights and justice has always been and continues to be a global mission; it knows no borders. As Dr. King told us, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'

Now Dr. King was just 30 years old when he traveled to India in 1959, but he had already led the Montgomery bus boycott, and understood the wisdom and power of the nonviolent protest movement pioneered by the great Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. King toured the country for a month, studying Gandhi’s philosophy, meeting with Prime Minister Nehru. He met with other Indian leaders in politics and government, in academia and the professions in business and across the society. And he talked with citizens and young people at every opportunity. He brought the lessons he learned there back to the United States, and renewed his own faith in the unmatched moral force of nonviolent resistance and its ability to achieve meaningful social change."

You may watch video or read the full transcript of the Secretary's remarks.

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Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
February 13, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Hillary looks beautiful, and her voice is so pretty. This is a lovely video -- everything about it.

Terry
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Connecticut, USA
February 15, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

She always been very pretty. I am looking forward to her travels across the world to represent America and President Obama. She will be a far cry from Bush and former Sec. Rice for sure. Thanks to the State Dept. website i can follow her travels and news a lot better than the Media have been.

Ole
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New York, USA
February 15, 2009

Ole in New York writes:

Hello! just in case anyone happens upon this posting of mine, i would love to take chance to express my suggestions regarding one of the toughest and most important regions' peace process, namely Mid-East. I am a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine, living in U.S.A. for 16 years, not formally educated in politics, admittedly, but I believe I have some insights that might be useful.

I trust the best way to bring end to Arab-Israeli conflict, is a two-state solution, with Jewish and Arab-Palestinian states with maximally consolidated ethnic population. call it population swap, if one will. this approach worked in Germany-France and Poland-Ukraine situations after WW2, and it could work here, as well as in Kashmere. to realize necessity to live in peace and cooperation with other nations, each people first needs its own homeland firmly established. I call on U.S. as the lead negotiator, to adapt the following programme: allow Israel to keep the main part of West bank settlements; allow Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem, as it is de-facto non-Israeli territory; since there's long been a project of special autobarn connecting West bank and Gaza, same should be done with PA and most Arab-dominated parts of what now Israel, such as Um-El-Fahm etc.; as well as between Israel and Jewish enclaves in places like Hebron. the main idea is, to give Israel sovereingty over Jewish-dominated lands, and PA-over Arab-held ones. since the two people are not ready to live in peace WITH each other, let them be separated for a time, and eventually realize the need to coexist and intertwine. nowhere in the world has attempt to force people to live together worked; yet, approach of giving each nation its own homerule, has. since israeli Arabs side repeatedly with Hamas, PLO and other nemesises of their own country, they should be joined with territories held by those entities, as first-class citizens, rather than continue being what they perceive as 2-rate ones in Israel. aforementioned network of barns could be established, albeit extensive one -- it doesn't seem an impossible task. cases when one country's territory is surrounded by another's, are well known, albeit not on a scale that it would probably involve in this case. under strong international control, combined with unquestionable recognition of Israel's self-defence right, this solution might very well work.

A note on Kashmir too, if i may: i believe it'd be in best interests of India to allow the muslim-dominated part of the state to join Pakistan, while holding onto the Hindu part. each side would have to make pianful but useful consessions, if they want peace; the result would be the same as one aimed at above: two ethno-religiously homogeneic entities, with less chance of conflict between them and inside each. to heal the illness, one needs to strike at its roots, which in this case seems to be people forced to mix or accept foreign sovereignty against their will. after their need for self-rule is satisfied, grounds for thaw in relations between the former rivals will be created. Israel gave up Sinai, which is a few times Israel's own size; India's asked to give up much smaller part of what it considers 'its' territory.

Sam
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Indiana, USA
May 14, 2009

Sam in Indiana writes:

AS AN AMERICAN OF ASIAN INDIAN HERITAGE I CAN FEEL THE CONENCTING POINTS BETWEEN MY PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT GRANDPARENTS REMEMBERING NEHRU AND GANDHI WITH MLK AND WHAT HE MADE POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY.

WE ARE ALL INTERCONNECTED IN A COMMON DESTINY AS HUMAN BEINGS AND MUST LEARN TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER; BUILD BRIDGES AND RECONCILE GAPS. A COMMON HUMANITY MUST BE UNDERSTOOD COMPARED TO PERCEIVED DIFFERENCES

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