Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Mary Elizabeth King

Mary King is the Director of the James Lawson Institute. She went to work for the U.S. civil rights movement, first in Atlanta and then Mississippi, 1962–65, serving on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Uniquely among the SNCC personnel, she has built her academic specialty on the study of nonviolent civil resistance and is acclaimed a top authority on the subject. Now a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace (main campus Costa Rica), she is also a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain.

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