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Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement
Bernard LaFayette, Emory University
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Strategies of a Nonviolent Civil Rights Movement
Notes taken on November 14, 2015 by Edward Tanguay
strategies of a civil rights movement
an action taken for a civil rights cause has multiple purposes
e.g. going to jail is a form of civil disobedience
1. confronts and challenges the system which makes the laws
2. helps individuals who are challenging the system
strengthens their resolve
shows a deep amount of commitment
attract others to join the movement
opportunity in jail to teach people about the movement
needs many kinds of people
those who will carry a sign
those who will finance the movement
those who will put their bodies in the movement
church in Nashville
Jim Lawson was training them
told story of non-violence about Rev. Charles Billups
was working in the coal mines in Birmingham
demonstrated during the day
work during the night
some fellow workers recognized him in the demonstrations he took part in during the day
decided they were going to beat him up when he came to work
put him in the back of a car
took him down the river road in rural areas of Birmingham
threw rope up on tree to hang him
older man told him to say his last prayers
he started praying for his children
then he went on and started praying for the men who were killing him
asking that God provide for their children
men told him to stop him praying in this way
the men got into a quarrel
all those with the cars left
the older man who was left abandoned the idea of killing him
white woman who owned the property arrived
released Billups
this is how he was saved
this story teaches an example of effective nonviolence
people have consciences
even when they are showing the worst kind hate, ultimately love has the potential to prevail