What is Kingian Nonviolence?
Excerpt from the Positive Peace Warrior Network
On April 3rd of 1968, Dr. King was in Memphis, where he gave the renowned “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech (see 57:00) to a packed audience. After returning to his room at the Lorraine Motel, he was talking with several of his closest advisers when he had a moment of revelation. He said that the next step that their movement had to take was to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”
One of the people in that room that night was Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., president of the Positive Peace Warrior Network. Dr. King and Dr. Lafayette were never able to finish that conversation, as Dr. King would be shot and assassinated outside of the door of that very motel the next morning.
Dr. Lafayette took those words, to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence,” as Dr. King’s final marching orders. Working with Dr. David Jehnsen, another King ally, they created the Kingian Nonviolence curriculum as a way to institutionalize the teachings of Dr. King and the organizing strategy that went behind the Civil Rights movement. This philosophy is often considered to be the closest living legacy to Dr. King’s work.
Since writing this curriculum, Dr. Lafayette and his allies have taken this training all over the world. The philosophy has found a home in schools, prisons, police departments, governments, and community groups throughout the United States and in Colombia, Israel, Nigeria, India, Nepal and many other countries.
- Kazu's 30-minute interview on KEXP
- YES! Magazine interview with Kazu Haga and Jonathan "Globe" Lewis
- Kazu and Jonathan's blog posts about Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland and more.
- 8-minute video of Kazu Haga speaking about nonviolence in Oakland
- 2 1/2 hour Decolonize / Occupy Oakland Dialogue on Diversity of Tactics vs Nonviolence
- Six principles of nonviolence, a framework of how to respond to conflict
- Six steps of nonviolence, creating a social change organizing campaign
- Kingian nonviolence trainers Kazu Haga, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and Jonathan Lewis
- The Positive Peace Warrior Network Trainings
- Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies