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Organized Agape

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Dennis Lunt

on 28 March 2018

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Transcript of Organized Agape

Civil disobedience training, 1960
King's philosophy is STILL at work today...
4 stages of nonviolent organization
Banksy 2011
Nonviolence is supposed to...
Rally during bus boycott, MLK Jr. speaking, 1956
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Organized Agape
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Philosophy of Nonviolence
Nonviolence is supposed to...
MLK Jr.'s legacy... uses and misuses
Nonviolence is supposed to...
Anne Moody (seated right), after this picture was taken: "'Many more will die before it is over with,' I thought. Before the sit-in, I always hated the whites in Mississippi. Now I knew it was impossible for me to hate sickness. The whites had a disease, and incurable disease in its final stage."
Protests against lace underwear ban, spring 2014
Jennifer Louise Lopez: protest against church billboard
Spring 2014
Rosa Parks, 1955
Major strategies:
boycott on the use of public buses
creation of alternative, privately-run public transportation
pamphlets and public education
negotiations with City Council
Supreme Court decision against segregated busing
unity among black community, cooperation with boycott (as high as 90%)
381 day boycott
vigilante violence against black community
a major success for nonviolent organization
Martin Luther King, Jr.
removing burning cross from his yard
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987)
1. Collection of facts
2. Negotiation
3. Self-purification
4. Direct action
1) Produce "creative tension" - make the conflict tangible for the broader public
2) Force moderates to take action AND responsibility for systematic injustice
3) Create self-respect among the oppressed community.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is often separated from non-violent resistance
"... content of their character, not the color of their skin."
This must be connected to the practice of learning about oppression and pushing back against it.
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