Kingian Nonviolence workshop strikes a chord at UW Comm

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A workshop participant assists in a discussion of Kingian Nonviolence principles.

Last week, civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette led a two-day workshop on Kingian Nonviolence—a framework for peaceful reconciliation of personal and community conflicts based on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—at the Bellevue College and UW campuses.

Lafayette has travelled all over the world to teach the philosophy and methodology of MLK, but this particular visit to Seattle was the culmination of a novel partnership between three Department of Communication students. After meeting the Reverend on their traverse across the South on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage with Chair David Domke, undergraduates Devon Geary, Patrick Okocha and Aida Solomon were determined to bring his teachings and the lifestyle of Kingian Nonviolence back to Washington.

(From left) Comm. Dept. students Devon Geary, Patrick Okocha and Aida Solomon took charge of planning Lafayette’s visit and workshop after their pilgrimage in the South.

(From left) Comm. Dept. students Devon Geary, Patrick Okocha and Aida Solomon took charge of planning Lafayette’s visit and workshop after their pilgrimage in the South.

The subsequent workshop was a resounding success, drawing over 40 eager students of all ages to the halls of CMU. The intergenerational, multi-racial makeup of the class fostered a passionate discussion about conflict, conduct, civil rights, empathy and the human condition. Divvied up into diverse groups, attendees tackled understanding the six steps and six principles of Kingian Nonviolence, never hesitating to ask tough questions or share personal experiences.

For a glimpse of day two of the workshop, take a look at the slideshow below:


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