Panel Discussion: A Conversation on How to Educate for Non-Violent Citizenship

Date: 04.06.2011

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Ikeda Library 400 - 4th Fl Reading Room

Panel discussion with Dr. Vincent Harding and The Rev. James Lawson as Main Presenters.  Joining the panel discussion:  Dr. Ken Butigan, Reverend Phillip Lawson, Reverend Carol Been and Ms. Aljosie Knight

Free and open to the community.  

Sponsored by:  The Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation

Dr. Vincent Harding holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1964, Dr. Harding and his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, worked in various capacities as full-time  teachers, activists, and Dr. Hardingnegotiators in the southern Freedom Movement. They were co-workers and friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other Civil Rights leaders and participants. Dr. Harding co-wrote one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most courageous speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. In 1968, Coretta Scott King asked him to help her organize the Institute of the Black World, The Martin Luther King,Jr. Memorial Center located in Atlanta, where he became its first director. Dr. Harding also served as Chairperson of the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, for several years.

The Rev. James LaJames Lawsonwson - Activists and scholars of the civil rights movement know Lawson as one of its most influential figures, and he is also one of the most profound labor advocates in the church. Speaking to Lawson is the closest most of us will ever come to speaking with Martin Luther King, Jr., who called him the leading theorist of nonviolence in the United States. Rev. Lawson, an African-American Methodist minister, was born in Ohio in 1928. The son of a Methodist circuit rider who resisted the Klan with a gun at his side, Lawson instead chose nonviolence as his weapon and became one of its leading advocates. Lawson went to Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio and met pacifist labor and civil rights organizer A.J. Muste, and went to prison for draft refusal during the Korean War, even though he could have avoided the draft with a ministerial deferment. He explored Africa and served as a missionary in India, where he studied Gandhi.