This live academic webinar will be presented by Tom Hastings, faculty in the graduate program of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and an ICNC Academic Advisor.
Watch webinar below:
1. Introduction of the Speaker: 00:00- 01:25
2. Presentation: 01:26 – 32:50
3. Questions and Answers: 32:51 – 53:59
This webinar looks at timeless lessons included in Dr. King’s letter dated on April 16, 1963, and smuggled out of a Birmingham jail where King and nearly 50 other protesters stayed imprisoned.
Dr. King participated in several movements in opposition to desegregation, finally even committing civil resistance, but had been primarily a movement spokesperson and strategic planner. In Birmingham, however, it was clear that the terrorists—the Ku Klux Klan and affiliated hoodlums, arguably the most violent in the US—were deterring most from participating in what was meant to be mass action, so on Good Friday 1963, King joined the demonstration, which became resistance when many protesters were arrested and King went to jail.
Eight Birmingham white clergy publicly criticized his actions and the demonstrations, calling them unwise and ill-timed. Four days later, King’s letter was made public which changed the national discourse then, and still provides important lessons for today’s social movements.
This webinar will primarily consider some of the generalizable concepts drawn from the letter, related to some of the issues and challenges of movements today.
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Tom Hastings, Ed.D., is co-coordinator of the undergraduate program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. He is a former member of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), former co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Institute, as well as the Academic Advisor Council of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is founding director of PeaceVoice, a program of OPI, and has written several books and many articles about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics. He is a former Plowshares resister, a founding member of two Catholic Worker communities, and currently lives in Whitefeather Peace House.
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