Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement: Lessons for Our Time
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Date(s) - 09/29/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Wednesdays September 29 & October 6, 2021, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
  • Zoom (link to be provided)
  • Presenter: Mary Lou Finley

Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement: Lessons for Our Time

The stories of the march across the Selma Bridge and the children and fire hoses in Birmingham are familiar to us, but what were the strategies behind these key public events? And how did we get from those moments to the transformative laws which followed?  In this class we will explore what we have learned about social movements from that time that can guide us as we face the current moment of racial reckoning and contemporary efforts to bring transformative change in our time.

Mary Lou Finley received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and is currently professor emeritus at Antioch University Seattle.  She was on Martin Luther King’s staff in Chicago in the mid-1960s and is co-author of Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements and co-editor of The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King, Jr and Civil Rights Activism in the North.  She is a certified Kingian Nonviolence trainer, and has been conducting classes and workshops on nonviolence and social movements for many years.

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