Join us for a transformative series of three, two-hour webinars sponsored by the nonprofit, On Earth Peace that will focus on using the discipline of Kingian Nonviolence in the Etown campus community. Explore Dr. King's legacy with engaging seminars that may be used on their own or in combination. Explore the "Will" of Kingian Nonviolence through Dr. King's Six Principles, including the attitudes and skills required for each. With the 6 Steps, you will acquire the essential "Skill" of Kingian Nonviolence and apply it to real-world challenges in the Etown campus community. Finally, use the Kingian Nonviolence Toolbox to improve your understanding by learning to "think like King" through the discipline of Dialectical Thinking, which involves uncovering threads of truth across ideological divides. Don't miss this opportunity to create a culture of peace and understanding in our community! More details, including links to this free webinar series, will be available soon.
The objectives for these webinars are:
- Prepare for conflict and conversations across difference
- Connecting the lives of students, staff and faculty to the will and skill of Kingian Nonviolence
Practice and expand our capacity for courageous leadership
- Explore the Kingian legacy as a resource for conflict and social change today
This training will be co-facilitated by Dwight Dunston and Ruth Henry.
Dwight Dunston is a West Philly-based facilitator, hip-hop artist, educator, and activist with roots in the Carolinas and Alabama, and deeper roots in West Africa. He has been a collaborator with the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) since 2019. His passions/gifts include supporting folks to tap into their super powers and supporting communities to develop the tools, skills and techniques to strengthen connections within shared identities and stay connected across different identities. He is also a trainer and Relationship Manager with Lion’s Story, a Philadelphia-based org that uses Dr. Howard Stevenson’s theory on racial literacy to support individuals to develop skills in navigating racially stressful encounters. As an artist, he is a founding member of the nine-piece hip-hop group, Hardwork Movement, and the musical group, City Love and has performed at schools, venues, and festivals across the country, sharing the stage with Questlove, Michelle Alexander, members of Wu-Tang, Jonathon Kozol, and many others.
Ruth Henry is a Level III trainer in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation and a socially engaged public artist who layers colors, texture and lyrics into intricate reflections on community, conflict, and possibility. Her murals, sculpture, installations and music invite creative participation and dialogue through a call and response process that is deeply grounded in nonviolence and conflict reconciliation, channeling collective anger at unjust conditions towards a shared envisioning of future solutions. As a nonviolence trainer, she has facilitated workshops across the U.S., Colombia and Bolivia, and has organized Trainers’ Institutes in both Watertown, MA (USA) and Cartagena, Colombia. Her Hip Hop album, Ripple, features one track for each of Dr. King’s six principles; compilation albums Undoing Racism Mixtape and I Speak/Yo Hablo Hip Hop bring additional artists together to explore and express their own connections to King’s principles; murals such as The Time Is Always Right and Rise to Change offer participants additional spaces to explore connections visually. Ruth has exhibited and performed locally at venues such as Boston Center for the Arts, Harvard University, Center for Latino Arts, Piano Factory and others. Internationally, she has exhibited and performed in venues such as the Palacio de Inquisición in Cartagena, Colombia, the Partners of the Americas Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil and the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India. Her murals stretch from Boston to Florida to Colorado, across Mexico, Haiti, Colombia and India. She received her BA from Hampshire College, continued her studies through a Fulbright grant to Colombia, and received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She currently works as a teaching Artist-in-Residence at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.
Meet others interested in Kingian Nonviolence, build Beloved Community, and connect with On Earth Peace's Kingian Nonviolence Learning Action Community!
Note: This event is available to Etown College students, faculty, staff and members of the Etown community. If you would like to register, please email [email protected]