Text: As many of you know, the peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh passed away at the age of 95 in Vietnam.
What many people may not know is Thich Nhat Hanh’s admiration of the United States Civil Rights Movement and his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. In 1966, Thich Nhat Hanh and MLK met each other for the first time in Chicago. The two deeply admired each other’s activism and joined their efforts to end the Vietnam War. Dr. King even nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
When MLK was assasinated in 1968, Thich Nhat Hanh was devastated. As told by his student Sister Peace, he vowed that even in exile, he would put all his energy into the practice of building the Beloved Community that he and Dr. King had talked about.
ID: A black and white photo of the late Martin Luther King Junior and Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966. Both of them are seated at a press conference table, and neither seem to acknowledge the camera. It is most likely a photo from their joint press conference at the Sheraton-Chicago Hotel in 1966.