On November 20-22, 2015 Center participated in a panel in a session on Kingian Nonviolence at the Social Conscience Gathering, a national nonviolence conference in Little Rock, AR. Pictured are Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Mary Lilleboe, Kay and Paul Bueno de Mesquita.
In commemoration of the end of the American Civil War, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site called for global citizens to explore the human realities of oppression and participate in conscience engagement to begin a journey from awareness to action.
The Gathering brought together academics, activists, artists, clergy and policy makers to discuss the far reaching impact of civil war to civil rights, as it relates to history of oppression at home and abroad, identifying barriers to social change, cultivating empathy for other people and cultures, and forging new paths toward global equality.
The opening keynote speaker was former US Ambassador and colleague of Dr. King, Andrew Young. Central High School was toured with the riveting story about the Little Rock Nine who were the first to desegregate the school in 1957. Three of the Little Rock Nine were present throughout the Gathering and spoke at a number of the sessions, sharing their experiences and offering insights into today’s challenges.