Vavilala, 86, a long-time resident of Houston and founder and president of the Foundation for India Studies (FIS), has led several MLK Grand Parades in the past.
Indian-American Krishna Vavilala was honored with the MLK Grande Parade Special Award for his significant contribution in integrating the Indian diaspora into the American mainstream. Vavilala, 86, a long-time resident of Houston and founder and president of the Foundation for India Studies (FIS), has led several MLK Grand Parades in the past. The purpose of this parade is to bring the Indian community closer to the black community while promoting the principles of non-violence. Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr believed in the principles of non-violence.
The parade was organized in memory of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr. Charles Stamp, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the MLK Junior Parade Foundation, on Sunday presented Vavilala with a trophy and a plaque as part of the award. Stamp admired Vavilala and his dedication to spreading the message of both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., who shared the same vision and followed the same path, despite being from different continents .
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