When Giants Meet

Published on Thich  Nhat Hanh Foundation website

Inspired by the great work and intention of “Two Giants,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who together dreamed of building “The Beloved Community,” Valerie has always taken an inclusive and interconnected community-based approach for Miami events.  

These Two Giants first met in 1966 when Thich Nhat Hanh asked Dr. King to help him bring an end to the Vietnam War. Dr. King understood that ending the war was part of the civil rights movement so they agreed to work together. Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. While they spent little time in each other’s company, their energy and vision took root and has continued to inspire civil rights, peace, and community.  Known as “Apostles of Peace,” their lives were dedicated to awakening us all to the path of compassion and understanding.  

Taken from “When Giants Meet,” Planting Seeds of Compassion, Jan. 11, 2017.  https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2017/8/9/when-giants-meet