Mary Elizabeth King

Mary Elizabeth King is professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace and a Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, in Britain. She is the author of A Quiet Revolution, Freedom Song and Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. During the U.S. civil rights movement, she worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation), in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:30am
How to Learn Nonviolent Resistance as King Did
How does one learn nonviolent resistance? The same way that Martin Luther King Jr. did—by study, reading and interrogating seasoned tutors. King would eventually become the person most responsible for advancing and popularizing Gandhi’s ideas in the United States, by persuading black Americans to adapt the strategies used against British imperialism in India to their own struggles.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:51am
The Search for a Message
As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) phenomenon grows, it has been expressing many truths, even while struggling to find a single over-arching message. The search for captions, slogans, and themes that illuminate the changes sought is characteristic of civil resistance campaigns. This is not merely branding, but a way to sharpen the concrete results that can result from such a dramatic outpouring of human aspiration, emotion, energy, protest, and yearning.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 1:44pm
Breaking the Silence on Race
Desmond King and Rogers Smith, writing in The New York Times of our current bipartisan silence on matters of racial equality , argue that the economic calamity of the United States is also a racial crisis.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 7:28am
The Power of Song, from Selma to Syria
How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils?
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