Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (Timothy Dobe, Fall 2007)

Contributed by Timothy Dobe, Grinnell College

Branch, Tayler. Parting the Waters (Simon and Schuster, 1989).

Includes information on MLK, but also on earlier African-American interactions with Gandhi.

Carson, Clayborn, Tenisha Armstrong, et al, eds. `The Threshold of a New Decade,` Vol. 5 of the MLK Papers(University of California Press, 1992), pp. 130-156.

Writings of Jim Bristol, the Kings AFSC host while in Delhi andof the papers and pieces related to the Kings 1959 visit to India.

Dalton, Dennis. Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action;

Contains a chapter comparing Gandhi, MLK and Malcolm X; interestingly highlights the parallels between Gandhi and the latter as well as Gandhis influence on the former.

Kapur, Sudarshan. Raising up a Prophet: The African-American Encounter with Gandhi (Beacon Press, 1992).

Traces the relationships between Gandhi and African-Americans in the first half of the last century. Kapur makes the argument that the African-American community over the decades before King, were already preparing the ground for raising a Gandhi-like prophet among their own, for decades before King took the stage in the 1950s.

Other Items of Interest

MLKs tribute to Gandhi in 1958 (published simultaneously in the Hindustan Times and Peace News) on

A forthcoming slide-show commentary work by Purushottama Bilmoria on the Gandhian impact on African American Civil Rights Movement and on MLK. It is intended as teaching supplement and will be posted on a couple of websites shortly, such as: