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Chai and Just Chat panel reflects on MLK’s peace-making legacy


Atlanta, GA, February 8, 2019: If anyone could convince a group of thought leaders from across metro Atlanta to navigate north metro Atlanta traffic on a late January Saturday afternoon, it’s Dr. Nazeera Dawood.  

“This was, without doubt, one of the most unique panel presentations I have ever experienced,” said panelist Heather Gray of the Justice Initiative and WRFG radio personality.  “I was so appreciative of the audience from Ukraine.” 

International momentum is building with Dr. Dawood’s Chai & Just Chat public video forum series following December’s focus on targeted gold thefts throughout metro Atlanta’s Indian community that was prominently featured on WSBTV’s Channel 2 Action News. 

On January 26, however, the focus shifted to reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peace-making legacy and how women leaders especially are doing just that. 

“Panelists shared history and herstory and were invariably united in a personal and professional struggle against violence in all forms at home and abroad,” Dr. Dawood said. “We reflected upon Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and women leaders’ life and legacy towards a just and equal society free of racism, poverty, slavery, militarism and hatred.” 


January’s panel also included: 

  • Antony Thaliath, Executive Director – Gandhi Foundation of USA
  • Alicia Michael – Past District Governor, Rotary International, Domestic Public Health  
  • Becky Rafter – Development Lead, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
  • Geeta Mehrotra – CEO, Sadhu Vaswani Center
  • John Naugle – Founder & President, Atlanta: City of Peace
  • Marina Ovtsynova – Allatra International Peace Movement
  • Rev. Gerald Durley – Veteran, Civil Rights Movement
  • Rony Delgarde – Founder & President, The Global Paint for Charity
  • Soumaya Khalifa- Founder & President, Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB)

Registration is underway for February’s forum, ‘Perspectives and Potential: Adults of Yesterday & Children of Tomorrow’ on February 23 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in collaboration with Winning Feathers. 

To RSVP visit:

To view past Chai & Just Chat forums visit this link

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