Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems.
In collaboration with the University of Rhode Island and Emory University, Jim Walter Partnership Center will be kicking off its first Kingian Nonviolence training in Spring 2010. The initial training will invite distinguished community, law enforcement, and government leaders to receive the Introductory Two-Day Core Training, in an effort to promote Kingian Nonviolence principles and strategies throughout local public, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations. In May 2010, the Two-Day Core Training will be promoted among USF faculty, students, and local community residents.
The Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the Goal
Principle 3: Attack Forces of Evil, Not Persons Doing Evil
Principle 4: Accept suffering without Retaliation for the Sake of the Cause to Achieve a Goal
Principle 5: Avoid Internal Violence of the Spirit as well as External Physical Violence
Principle 6: The Universe is on the Side of Justice
On February 15-16, 2010, the Jim Walter Partnership Center held its Inaugural Kingian Nonviolence Training. The participants were welcomed with opening remarks provided by Police Chief Jane Castor from the City of Tampa. Participants included various nonprofit agencies, faith-based orgs, the Tampa Housing Authority, City of Tampa, and Hillsborough County law enforcement officers. An expert panel consisting of Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, psychology professor at the University of Rhode Island and director of the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies; Rich Tarlian, retired captain of the Providence Police Department; and Harold Sanchez. The second day of the training featured a special guest, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who discussed his involvement in the nonviolence movement as a freedom rider, as well as insights on Dr. King's philosophy.
We are now in the process of recruiting community participants and leaders to attend our next session of Kingian Nonviolence Training. The training will be held at the University Area Community Development Corporation in May. If you are interested in attending, please register. Seating is limited and lunch will be provided. The training is free.
The Kingian Nonviolence workshop was recognized by the University of South Florida weekly published newsletter The Oracle.
Our most recent class was held July 24th and 25th at the University Area Community Development Corporation located at the university areas 22nd Street. The trainers included Level II trainer Femi Kennedy, the CEO of Abel's Community Serveices Inc., Rozelia Kennedy a staff at the University of South Florida Sponsored Research Department and Peggy Dorvil, a former staff at the Jim Walter Partnership Center. The participants included, but wre not limited to educators, students, business owners and community leaders.
"I did enjoy the workshop. I feel enlightened about nonviolence, and the movement of it. I trust you will be able to continue spreading the information to all the corners of the world. Peace."
"I really enjoyed the workshop [ ] The workshop is really going to help me with the young people that I work with. I plan on using what I've gathered from the workshop as a tool to help motivate students to excel in school and in life and also to find a bit of solace within themselves in order to remain focused on their goals."
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - Dr. Martin Luther King