VIDEO: What is Kingian Nonviolent Strategy?

TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.

Lee Eric Smith | 7/21/2017, 11:15 a.m.
TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.
Jonathan "Globe" Lewis is coordinator of Kingian Nonviolent Strategy for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He led a training session at the Peabody Hotel as part of SCLC's 59th annual conference in Memphis. Photo by Lee Eric Smith

When you say you're going to a seminar to learn strategies for social change, you might expect instructors to break down the logistics of protest -- where to go, how to decide the leader, what the leader says -- stuff like that.

But in Thursday's session at the Souther Christian Leadership Conference's national Convention in Memphis, Jonathan "Globe" Lewis could have been confused for a self-help instructor. He was talking about the philosophy of nonviolence, about the inner violence we inflict upon ourselves.

Lewis took a few minutes after his session to chat with me about that, and I asked him specifically about how Kingian Strategy could be applied before and after the I-40 bridge shutdown. Enjoy:

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SCLC's Jonathan Lewis talks about Kingian Nonviolent Strategy