Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only American now honored with a national holiday. He is recognized as a civil rights leader, voice for the poor, and advocate of nonviolent solutions to international conflict. Completely committed to the love ethic of Jesus, he applied the techniques developed by Mahatma Gandhi to lead a "mighty army of love" to topple segregation, averting a bloody armed uprising. What is this love? Where do we find it? How do we use it to transform the world?
This presentation will be led by Carol Bragg, a member of the Civil Rights Scholars Team for the digital archiving of Dr. King's papers at The King Center in Atlanta. She brought Kingian nonviolence to Rhode Island, organizing training programs for the Providence police, inner city youth, school teachers, clergy and the Rhode Island Training School for Youth. Working with Dr. Dorothy Cotton, the only woman on Dr. King's executive staff, she launched The World House initiative, promoting Dr. King's vision of a global community based on love and justice. For 16½ years, she co-directed the Rhode Island program of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization. She was coordinator of the Free South Africa movement in RI and the Interfaith Call for Racial Justice. She has received awards for her work for peace and racial justice from the NAACP, Southern New England United Methodists, Physicians for Social Responsibility and other groups.