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Sajan George gets the 'Martin Luther King' peace prize



28 Aug.2013: An Indian Rights activist Sajan George has been awarded the 'Martin Luther King, Jr. Ambassador of Peace Award for his significant work among the poor, particularly for emergency care to poor children around the globe. Sajan George president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has also repeatedly denounced human rights violations, in particular against ethnic and religious minorities in India and other Asian countries. Charles Steele Jr, president emeritus and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a US civil rights organisation founded by Rev King, and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev conferred the award.
This year's prize coincides with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on 28 August 1963.The Southern Christian Leadership Conference celebrated by organising a week of events that will culminate in a ceremony on Thursday in the US capital, Washington.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr pursued non-violent resistance against racial segregation and in favour of African American civil rights. His actions reached a highpoint at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, where Dr King, ending his 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom' and delivered his famous speech "I have a Dream.."
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