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Nonviolence workshop held at CMDCAH

Photo of workshop participants at Pebble Hill

Twenty-six Auburn University faculty, students, staff, and community members completed a two-day workshop on conflict reconciliation inspired by the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 10 and 11 at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.  

The workshop was led by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., longtime civil rights leader and associate of King, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, and author of “In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma.” He is also the 2018 Breeden Scholar in Residence at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities.

“The detailed personal accounts of Dr. Lafayette during the Selma movement and the sit-ins were incredibly enlightening and thoughtful. I was amazed by the meticulous strategies of nonviolence he and his teams prepared,” said Max Garcia, an Auburn University senior who attended the workshop.

The workshop was designed to give students an appreciation of the life and contribution of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the United States, as well to the global community.

“The nonviolent workshops have always given the participants an opportunity to re-evaluate the consequences of violence, and appreciate the alternative to violence,” LaFayette said.

In addition to being a biographical study of King, the workshop focused on select nonviolent movements influenced by him, especially those of South Africa, Colombia, Nigeria, Germany, and others. Readings included works by and on King, and the course included lectures by LaFayette, guest speakers, small and large group discussions, and group projects.

“The methods of teaching the philosophy were equally fun as well as meaningful. This is a training more people in the younger generations need,” Garcia said.

The workshop was free and sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Wilson, director of civic learning initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University: wilsom3@auburn.edu

 

 

Last Updated: August 21, 2017