This comprehensive program looks at the lives of three remarkable men. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela faced tumultuous times and withstood immense personal danger by promoting a philosophy of peaceful non-violence to lift their people, their nations, and all of humanity to freedom and independence from injustice and tyranny.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948)
First employed non-violent civil disobedience while an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, during the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. Gandhi led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women's rights, build religious and ethnic amity, end untouchability, and increase economic self-reliance and spent a number of years jailed for these causes.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)
Was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. Rev. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Born 18 July 1918, served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first South-African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and a leader of the African National Congress. He spent 27 years in prison but never gave up the cause. Following his release from prison on February 11, 1990, Mandela helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy and peace in South Africa.