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The Movement, Remembered Forward

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons + Lucas Johnson

The Movement, Remembered Forward

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a grassroots leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer.
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  • Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

    Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

    is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the National Council of Elders. Her account of her work as an activist in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is featured in the book, Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.

  • Lucas Johnson

    Lucas Johnson

    is a reverend and serves as the coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization. Based in Europe, he remains connected to social movements in the U.S. and travels frequently in support of nonviolent movements around the world.

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Image By Ethan M. SigmonAfter the rally inside of the North Carolina General Assembly building, occupants choosing not to be arrested gather on the sidewalks outside to demonstrate support for those being taken into custody. Protesters were encouraged to shout "thank you" loud enough so that those arrested inside the building can hear them.

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