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Scup Offsite: Rev. Dr. James Lawson at Dana Auditorium at Guilford
February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Listen to legendary civic leaders. Get their autographed works.
Join the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, in conjunction with N.C. A&T State University, UNC Greensboro, Bennett College, Guilford College, and Greensboro College in February 2023 as we host exceptional civil rights leaders during the Museum’s inaugural “Civil Rights Series” highlighting some of America’s most consequential stories from the people who were there.
Despite the rich history of nonviolent philosophy, many people today are unfamiliar with the basic principles and practices of nonviolence––even as these concepts have guided so many direct-action movements to overturn forms of racial apartheid, military and police violence, and dictatorships around the world. Revolutionary Nonviolence is a crucial resource on the long history of nonviolent philosophy through the teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., one of the great practitioners of revolution through deliberate and sustained nonviolence. His ongoing work demonstrates how we can overcome violence and oppression through organized direct action, presenting a powerful roadmap for a new generation of activists.
Rev. Lawson’s work as a theologian, pastor, and social-change activist has inspired hope and liberation for more than sixty years. To hear and see him speak is to experience the power of the prophetic tradition in the African American and social gospel. In Revolutionary Nonviolence, Michael K. Honey and Kent Wong reflect on Rev. Lawson’s talks and dialogues, from his speeches at the Nashville sit-in movement in 1960 to his lectures in the current UCLA curriculum. This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to Rev. Lawson’s teachings on how to center nonviolence in successfully organizing for change.
James M. Lawson Jr. is a Methodist minister who taught nonviolent theory and practice to help launch the 1960s Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the Memphis sanitation strike, and worker and immigrant rights movements in Los Angeles. He continues to energize leaders and activists and inspire social change movements in the United States today.