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Tisch College Solomont Speaker Series: “Revolutionary Nonviolence: Organizing for Freedom” with Rev. James Lawson and Kent Wong

Monday, March 7 | 5:30 PM ET | Virtual Event  

Is nonviolence resistance the most effective tool for social change? Current polling data suggests that a growing percentage of Americans believe that under certain circumstances, violence is justified in defense of democracy. Join Tisch College for a conversation on the power of nonviolence in a modern context, organizing for social justice and building a multiracial democracy with legendary activists Reverend James Lawson and Kent Wong. In their new book, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Organizing for Freedom, Lawson and Wong provide a crucial resource on the long history of nonviolent philosophy and how we can overcome violence and oppression through organized direct action, and chart a powerful roadmap for a new generation of activists. 

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. was one of the Civil Rights Movements leading theoreticians and tacticians and his work as a theologian, pastor, and social-change activist has inspired hope and liberation for more than sixty years. He is a Methodist minister who taught nonviolent theory and practice to help launch the 1960s Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the Memphis sanitation strike, and worker and immigrant rights movements in Los Angeles. He continues to energize leaders and activists and inspire social change movements in the U.S. today. 

Kent Wong is director of the UCLA Labor Center, a union attorney, and a labor activist. He has taught a course on nonviolence with Rev. James Lawson Jr. for the past twenty years and has published books on the labor movement, immigrant rights, and the Asian American community. 

 **The first 10 Tufts students to register for the event will receive a free copy of Revolutionary Nonviolence: Organizing for Freedom.

This event is generously cosponsored by the Africana Center, the Civic Studies Program and the University Chaplaincy

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