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About the Course

The Modern Civil Rights Movement is a significant landmark in United States history. This movement was a struggle for human rights directly challenging the nation to extend its democratic principles to African Americans and all peoples. This course sheds light on the often overlooked strategic planning that supported the direction of the events and is told by a voice intimately involved in the organization of movement—Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Topics include the history of the campaigns, the different coalitions and groups, philosophy and methods of nonviolent direct action, and the contemporary application of nonviolent conflict transformation. The course hosts several guest speakers, including Andrew Young, Reverend C.T. Vivian, Henry "Hank" Thomas, and Constance Curry. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to: ● Discuss the contributions and involvement of civil rights activists and leaders in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) campaigns in the United States. ● Examine the chronology and phases of the Movement and CRM campaigns. ● Recognize and characterize the diverse activist groups involved in the CRM. ● Discuss Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence from a historical perspective. ● List and define the principles and strategies of nonviolence. ● Examine organizational and social change applications related to nonviolence. ● Identify the role of nonviolence in modern activism along with additional resources to broaden knowledge of principles of nonviolence. ● Recognize the application of nonviolence theories to activism, current issues, and everyday life....

Top reviews

Nov 20, 2020

The use of interviews is very effective in this course. The content is so relevant to apply today in the U.S. socially, politically, and in business. I only wish I had learned more about this earlier.

Apr 26, 2020

This course was wonderful! I learned so much and was able to learn more in-depth o stories and events that I knew of. Dr. LaFayette is a treasure and I look forward to hopefully meeting him one day.

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By Rachel B

Mar 17, 2017

Amazing course. Thank you for sharing!

By Shavonti W

Jul 9, 2020

I absolutely loved this course.

By Fran

Feb 17, 2016

Wonderfully engaging stories.

By Jeffrey f

Apr 25, 2020

tremendous and informative

By Amanda L S J

Jul 24, 2020

Excellent course.

By Tracy S

Apr 25, 2021

Very informative

By Uilson C

Jun 28, 2017

Excelente Curso!

By Alexandra S

Dec 30, 2016

Fantastic class.

By Abu M I U

Mar 13, 2019

Thanks Bernie!

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Dec 15, 2020


By Steven P

Dec 5, 2017

Love this!

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By Richard J

Aug 11, 2021

D​r. Bernard Lafayette is a national treasure and provided the core foundation of this valuable material. The videos will be a lasting legacy and will hopefully be available to the general public. As for structure and organization of this course, the material could have been spread out more evenly and not broken nor arranged into so many segments. Definitions and philosophy separated from historical timeline would have allowed for a clearer unstanding and applicaiotn of the priciples as they were played out over time. Course would have been better to focus solely on the 60's and not deal nor tease with 21st century civil rights references, as that can be a separate course in itself.

By Steve J

Jun 24, 2019

My thanks to Dr. Bernard Lafayette for an interesting & helpful introduction to the history of nonviolence in the civil rights movement as well as suggestions on how this methodology, philosophy, and techniques are relevant and necessary for antiracist activism today and into the future. I recommend this course for anyone who wants to know more about nonviolent direct action, its effectiveness, and its continued pertinence. I am also grateful to Andrew Young, C. T. Vivian, Connie Curry, Dr. Carol Anderson, and all the other interviewers and guests that contributed to this interesting course.

By Elena N D

Feb 5, 2017

A profound analysis of the Civil Rights Movement, told from the perspective of an active participant.

By Eva B

Apr 26, 2020

It was an honor to hear Dr. Lafayette, a civil rights icon.

By Kent L

Apr 14, 2016

Learned a lot of new things in this course. Very inspiring.

By Donald B

May 6, 2020

Subject and speakers were very interesting and informative.

Technically poor. Videos wouldn't download in a timely fashion. The translations need a lot of work.