On June 7, 1893, a young Indian lawyer was asked to vacate the first class compartment of a train because he was not white-skinned. He refused and told the railway officers that he would not go voluntarily, they would have to throw him out. This act of standing up against injustice was, in effect, this holy man’s first act of civil disobedience.*
Even thought it’s not the exact anniversary of Gandhi’s first time speaking truth to power, it’s always a good day to channel the spirit of this activist for people’s rights. And independent thinking besides!
*He got what he asked for. Gandhi was thrown out of the compartment, and his luggage was flung out too. The train sped away, leaving him freezing outside the station. However, he didn’t lose his front teeth in this encounter, that came later.