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FIS Participates in MLK Parade

By N.S. Vatsa Kumar

HOUSTON: January 16 , 2012   marked the 83rd birthday of the late Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr., and in his honor, the 18Th Annual MLK Grande Parade took place in Mid town Houston, which was the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade. The mile long colorful parade which included dancers, high school bands, art cars, horse riders and many other attractions, paid tribute to the late King who fought for civil rights adopting Mahatma Gandhi ji’s non-violent principles.

Foundation for India Studies (FIS)  is a proud participant for the second year in this parade whose theme is Empowerment through Education.  Under a picture perfect weather, participants enjoyed the walk holding a colorful banner with pictures of Gandhi and the King. The attached photo shows some, but not all members who participated in the walk. The FIS group wore India’s tricolor scarves, made available by ICC and were cheered profusely as it moved along the parade route by thousands of enthusiastic onlookers who lined up the parade route.  Foundation for India Studies believes it’s regular participation in the MLK parade will increase the Indian community’s  visibility and would lead to greater bondage between India and America. The event Chair for FIS participation was Mr. Bashist Sharma.

Charles Stamps, the Chief organizer of the Grande Parade said that in its 18 years of operation,  it is the first time MLK parade was honored to have a personified “Mahatma Gandhi” participate and walk the entire route.  Krishna Vavilala walked with a stick wearing the identifiable simple Gandhian dhoti, eye glasses and the pendent watch. The handouts distributed by the FIS volunteers helped the onlookers understand the common ideals shared by MLK and Mahatma Gandhi.


For more information about FIS,  call Krishna Vavilala at 713-795-  5169.


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One Response to FIS Participates in MLK Parade

  1. Deena Saraiya January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Proude to read about indoamerican parade.

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