An Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence: A Two-Day Workshop
Sponsored by the Department of Communication, University of Washington
Graciously hosted by University Congregational United Church of Christ
Part I: Friday, November 14, 5:30-9:30 PM
Part II: Saturday, November 15, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
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Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. A philosophy of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in building healthy relationships and collaborations. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts. This workshop will be led by Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who was an active leader of the Civil Rights Movement.