December 30th, 2007 04:33 EST
Vedic mantras to conclude King Jr. celebrations in Nevada
Mantras from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita will culminate the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events in northern Nevada on January 20.
Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, will recite the mantras in Sanskrit and then translate these into English. This will be reportedly the first time when Vedic mantras will be read at the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., celebrations in northern Nevada.
Various religious leaders of the region will participate in this interfaith community event to commemorate and honor the legacy of King Jr. at Second Baptist Church in Reno, where the theme will be "Keeping the Dream Alive, Remembering the Past, Forging Towards the Future".
While Right Reverend Gene Savoy Jr., Head Bishop of International Community of Christ, will open the service; Rajan Zed will conclude with prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures, including "Gayatri Mantra" from Rig-Veda, composed around 1,500 BCE.
Dr. Angie Taylor will be the keynote speaker, while Reverend Onie Cooper will address the gathering on the occasion. Event will include tribute, dialogue and celebration.
A Memorial Caravan will be organized from Second Baptist Church on January 21. Second Baptist Church was first organized on June 17, 1946
Yolanda King chats with Judyth Piazza
She is the first-born daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yolanda’s mission is to encourage personal growth and positive social change through her artistic endeavors, including acting, producing, speaking and teaching.