Gandhi 150: The Legacy of Peace

2019 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate 150 years since the birth of “Mahatma” (great soul) Gandhi. Gandhi changed the course of human history. His non-violent protest for freedom inspired civil-rights movements across the globe. The Gandhian philosophy influenced and changed the course of movements led by civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the United States of America, Nelson Mandela in South Africa and that of Cesar Chavez, a labor leader and Latino American civil rights activist who founded the United Farm Workers Union.


WBEZ Chicago along with Gandhi Commemorative Stamp Initiative, India Development Service (IDS) and United for Peace (U4P) will bring together academicians and descendants of some of history’s greatest peace leaders who acknowledged Gandhi’s influence on their lives and social actions. Chicago welcomes Ela Gandhi, Anthony Chavez, Maki Mandela, Prof. Carlson, and Dr. Prasad and Santita Jackson. For the first time in history, these individuals will be sharing the same platform to talk about non-violence, the need for peace, collaboration and how it influenced their parents' fight for a just society. The panel discussion with be moderated by Jerome McDonnell in his last Wbez Worldview role. 


VIP Reception (5:30 to 7 pm at ‘Inside Ancient Egypt’ Lower Level)

Meet our esteemed speakers whose efforts guided by their idealism and faith in humanity are working to create a more just and compassionate future. Enjoy their company with some light live music, vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. 


The purchase of VIP tickets will help us engage with our next generation and support 150 high school kids witness this historic event for FREE. We have very limited tickets for this event. VIP tickets include General Admission for the main event at 7 pm.


General Admission (6.30 to 9 pm)

Panel discussion at the James Simpson Auditorium from 7-9 pm.



IDS is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. The base ticket price (not processing fee) is deductible to the full extent allowable by law. 

FEIN  23-7355796.




The panel discussion with be moderated by Jerome McDonnell
in his last Wbez Worldview role.