India & Black America

The anticolonial movement in India inspired the struggles for national liberation for many colonized nations in Asia and Africa, but perhaps the deepest connections were formed with the Black freedom struggle in America. These connections were reflected in the works of theologians and Civil Rights leaders who visited India to study the non-violent philosophy and its effects on the people, artists and musicians who explored the shared struggle and were deeply influenced by Indian traditions, and the scholarship of intellectuals and activists who were to establish the vanguard of positive peace in a war-torn century.

The Year is organized by members of the Saturday Free School for Philosophy & Black Liberation, based in the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, in partnership with the Gandhi Global Family.