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Boise State University will host the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” exhibition Feb. 4-23 at the Student Union Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibit is part of the MLK Living Legacy Celebration.

Photographs and historical information about how one person can make a difference can be viewed from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, featuring a lecture by Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

Carter also will present the “Ghandi, King, Ikeda Award” to Idaho State Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, who is being recognized for her exemplary leadership for peace and non-violence through education, economic opportunity, human rights and environmental sustainability. Buckner-Webb was Idaho’s first elected African American state legislator, Senate minority caucus chair and a founding member of the Black History Museum.

The international exhibition delivers a striking message about individual leadership, and the difference that one person can make in promoting peace through non-violent action. The lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, three men from different cultures and countries, follow a common path of profound dedication and achievement in addressing the plight of the common people. By highlighting characteristics common to all of these individuals, the exhibition emphasizes how one person can bring about change in their community and in the world through courage and commitment.

Gandhi’s civil disobedience and nonviolent demonstrations won greater freedom and ultimately independence for 400 million citizens of India after three centuries of British rule. King’s commitment to peace and justice inspired the movement for civil and human rights, giving voice to the hopes and dreams of the poor and dispossessed throughout the world. Ikeda’s work as a leading Buddhist philosopher, author, poet and educator has led to the non-violent democratization of Japan’s feudalistic social structures and an international grass-roots initiative of intercultural and interfaith dialogue and cooperation for global peace.

Having fought selflessly in their respective time, each of these individuals has left an enduring legacy for humanity, illuminating the path to non-violence, human rights and peace. The display features photographs, quotations and historical information about each of these human rights leaders.

Commenting on his motivation for developing the exhibition, Carter says, “I conceptualized the exhibition with the hope that by examining the lives of these great individuals, viewers would be inspired to create value in the context of their own daily lives through the application of the ideals of peace and non-violence.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the MLK Jr. International Chapel and cosponsored by Soka Gakkai International-USA, a culturally diverse Buddhist association with more than 80 centers located throughout the country. Its community-based activities encourage a commitment to the values of peace, culture and education.

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