Mass Movements: The Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
This five-week course compares the strategies of leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin, President Nelson Mandela, and Bantu Stephen Biko. The course also contrasts the various philosophies such as Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience, Black Power, Black Consciousness, Critical Race Theory, and Non-Racialism. Learners will study the many parallels between the Anti-Apartheid struggles of South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Drawing upon intercultural content within an international context, the reading list will address critical race theory and include writings by and about Tutu, King, Gandhi, Mandela, Biko, and Malcolm X.
The UCC "Sacred Conversations on Race" will be a central force during these discussions.
Who should register?
This series is specially geared to UCC members involved in the sacred conversations on race, community members interested in addressing issues of social justice, lay leadership, pastors, religious leaders, and social justice advocates.
This series is designed to address social justice issues, provides a model for peacemaking, an understanding of racism, how mass movements addressed racism, non-racialism, the South African response to the legalized racism of Apartheid, community organizing as a tool for seeking redress and mediation as a tool for seeking compromise in order to attain equity.
The Social Justice Series is endorsed and recommended by the Church in Society Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Association, Illinois Conference, UCC.
UCC member, Dr. Oliver Lawrence was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has a Ph.D. in Education. He has experience as a non-violent civic strategist in the successful Anti-Apartheid campaigns, and as an organizer of five Peace and Justice Coalition annual peace conferences of Chicagoland. He has led many workshops and has extensive experience in classroom and online learning. Dr. Lawrence, has been online using the Internet since 1986, and has been an instructor in computer programming, web design, and social justice. He has designed a Global Internet Video Classroom model, which operates between Chicago and Cape Town and has designed this Social Justice Program that explores practical means of addressing social inequities.