Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Born into the "untouchable" caste of the Hindu class system, Bhimrao Ambedkar was a contemporary of Mohandas Gandhi. An activist, scholar and the architect of India's current Constitution, he was an unwavering advocate of equal rights for the millions of Indian peoples known as "Dalits" that suffered under this still-existing system of oppression that is not unlike the systemic racial oppression in America.

Seeking relief for his people, on October 14, 1956, he led a mass conversion of 800,000 Untouchable Caste Hindus to Buddhism, which he proclaimed the most egalitarian religion. In his closing speech, the "father of modern Indian Buddhism" offered these that inspired urbanPEACE's comprehensive mission:

"my final words to you are educate, agitate and organize, for ours is a battle...for the reclamation of the human personality."