Dr. Simmons and Rev. Johnson Talk Civil Rights and Nonviolence Living Forward Today (Video)

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1:51pm

Dr. Simmons and Rev. Johnson Talk Civil Rights and Nonviolence Living Forward Today (Video)

As a year of civil rights milestones draws to a close, The Civil Conversations Project explores the movement's relevance for our time, including the competing philosophies it carried about how social change happens. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Now a professor at the University of Florida and a Sufi Muslim, her perspective has evolved over 50 years. Rev. Lucas Johnson is a young, 21st century embodiment of nonviolent resistance. He is a leader within the historic Fellowship of Reconciliation, working with young African-Americans, and with people from Congo to Palestine, to apply this mode of social change to hard, contemporary realities. Krista Tippett will lead them in a cross-generational conversation, mining their wisdom for our time.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 (7-9 pm ET)

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Trent Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being / KTPP and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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Hello. I was introduced to Krista's work by a fellow Okie who lives in Minneapolis. I'm in Canada and finding Krista and her wonderful ability to bring fresh, off mainstream topics and fabulous people onto her show feeds my mind and soul now on a regular basis. Thanks everyone! I'm a real On Being "groupie"! I just wish I could make even more time than I do to sit and take in the podcasts that I've missed from before I knew of Krista..

From New Zealand: We won't stop working for a peace with justice! Stay strong and show that nonviolence is the wave of the future. Let us all be CITIZENS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. - Peace IS THE WAY! Thanks for the program and your vision of a world that shares and loves day by day.

My grandmother in her last efforts to try to keep me from going there says "If you leave don't ever come back". So on that note, I leave.

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons tells an amazing story of how great things did happen.

Just help each other. It's that easy. Treat our planet with mercy. PAX VOBISCUM!

Amazing, rich discussion -- thank you for doing this. A true service to a society that so often just gets the "I Have a Dream" super-oversimplification this time of year.