'Become what you never imagined possible' - Civil Rights icon, the Rev. James Lawson, visits Moravian College
Martin Luther King once called the Rev. James Lawson " the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Lawson became familiar with the concept when, as a freshman at Baldwin Wallace College, he joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which advocated nonviolent resistance to racism.
Consistent with his principles, Lawson refused to report to the draft or take a student deferment and, as a result, served 14 months in prison. After his release, Lawson went to India to study the principles of Gandhi's nonviolent resistance.
When Bill Moyers talks about the state of democracy in the United States today, he speaks of a loss of control in the management of our affairs. He laments that "the flame of democracy is almost extinguished today," and he recalls a time back in the sixties when he visited the Lehigh campus to recruit students for the Peace Corps. Back then, there was "a strong sense of optimism" among young people and "a pervasive belief in the prospect of a better life."
In recent months protests across the nation against police brutality and racial bias have underscored the need for a national dialog regarding law enforcement. To meet that need and in anticipation of the appearance of acclaimed civil rights lawyer and advocate Michelle Alexander at Lehigh University Jan. 28, the Bethlehem Public Library organized a panel discussion called "A Public Conversation: Race, Crime and Justice," on Jan. 14 at the library.
College discussion: Jamie Tworkowski's TWLOHA comes to Moravian College; Why does your life matter? Because you're making it matter.
Jamie Tworkowski gets invited to many schools where he talks about things people don't want to hear about. His visit to Moravian College's Foy Hall Nov. 18 was no exception. In a very informal style he discussed the problems of depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction and self-injury. He also told the students the story of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), the nonprofit organization he started to provide support and encouragement to young people who are suffering and to promote treatment and recovery options.
The statistics are startling. One of every eight people living in the United States is foreign born. One in four babies born in the United States is Latino, and the majority of babies born in the country today are non-white. It is anticipated that by 2043 the United States will be a multicultural majority nation.