Gandhi’s grandson spreads peaceful message in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Why is non-violence so hard to accept?

That’s the question many of us are asking after the tragic events the city has had this past week.

FOX13′s reporter Cierra Jordan met with M.K. Gandhi’s grandson who hopes to spread the message of nonviolence across our city.

The city of Memphis is taking time to heal.

“We don’t want this kind of tactical violence anymore. We want peace,” said Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K Gandhi.

That is among the many messages Arun Gandhi is trying to spread across the city.

Arun is the grandson of M.K. Gandhi who was India’s political and spiritual leader that used nonviolent activism to free his people from colonial rule.

Now, Arun is following in his grandfather’s footsteps by creating a culture of peace and positivity.

“It’s not an easy solution. It’s not something that can be done overnight. We got to change our attitudes, our relationships, and behaviors with people,” Gandhi said.

After three people were shot and sent to the hospital near Fairly High School in Whitehaven Wednesday according to MPD, residents, and advocates came to support Gandhi’s presentation but also find solutions to spread nonviolence.

“What more can I do? There was pain knowing I have three small children under 4 that I’m raising in the same area. All those things combined made me want to do more,” said Heal 901 executive director Durell Cowan.

Gandhi said this message is a wake-up call.

He said we all must come together as a community to create peace in Memphis.