Category: Learning from History

Oakland: The Rev. James Lawson, a longtime nonviolent activist, practices what he preaches

The Rev. James Lawson addresses the audience at the Allen Temple Baptist Church at a commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. By LOU FANCHER | Correspondent PUBLISHED: March 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm | UPDATED: August 15, 2016 at 10:08 am OAKLAND — The use of violence as a means to gain freedom or to protect a citizenship never…
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July 18, 2017 0

“A Totally Moral Man”: The Life of Nonviolent Organizer Rev. James Lawson

Reprinted with permission from the author and Truthout. Peter Dreier offers an inspiring book for progressives describing  how 100 people in the 20th century brought positive change to the United States. Dreier describes his book as a “Social Justice Hall of Fame.”  You can obtain it with a minimum contribution to Truthout by clicking here.…
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June 26, 2017 0

Civil Rights Movement: Methods of Nonviolent Action

King, Mary Elizabeth. Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, s.v. “Civil Rights Movement: Methods of Nonviolent Action,” vol. 1, 318–23. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. The U.S. civil rights movement (1955–1965) of the mid-twentieth century owes its success in part to its implementation of the technique of nonviolent struggle, using scores of nonviolent methods,…
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June 12, 2017 0

The Hidden History of the SNCC Research Department

Derek Seidman, “The Hidden History of the SNCC Research Department” May 2, 2017 “AT LAST!! THE PAPER YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!! WHAT IS THE SNCC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT……” This was the headline of a February 1965 circular, typed and mimeographed, that went around to chapters of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — or SNCC,…
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June 7, 2017 0