Congresswoman Majette Keynotes at UGA’s National Gandhi Day
Athens, GA ? October 5, 2003 ? The University of Georgia's Indian Cultural Exchange (ICE) organized the Athens effort of a larger nationwide service project to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi. Hundreds of schools and organizations across the U.S. collectively participated in this national day of service.
This was UGA's 3rd year participating in the national program. This year, the students' goals were to include the greater University community. Organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association (HSA), Indian Student Association (ISA), Young Democrats, and Pakistani Student Association (PSA), were some that participated in the Gandhi day efforts.
In her keynote address, Congresswoman Denise Majette then came up to speak on the importance of the Day and what the volunteers should take out of this experience. She said that Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King had an extreme impact on her at a young age. She concluded her remarks by telling the students that they must strive to have the same impact Gandhi did locally, nationally, and internationally. "Let the work you do speak for you; just as Gandhi did."
After the Congresswoman concluded her remarks, the volunteers split up into three service projects, one group stayed and worked at the Food Bank, another went to Oglethorpe Elementary school to do some clean up, and the final group went to a local Boys and Girls Club to assist there.
The efforts of these students show that Gandhi's message still lives on, and that his legacy will continue to influence the world.
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