As Dr. LaFayette was leaving the room to fly out to a press conference in Washington DC, Dr. King called out and said that the next movement that they need to organize is one to "institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence."
Dr. King and Dr. Lafayette were never able to finish that conversation, as Dr. King would be assassinated outside of the door of that very motel just hours later.
Dr. Lafayette took those words, to "institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence," as Dr. King's final marching orders. Working with David Jehnsen, another activists from the movement, they created the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training curriculum as a way to institutionalize the teachings of Dr. King and the organizing strategy of the Civil Rights movement.
Since writing this curriculum, Dr. Lafayette, David Jehnsen and their allies have taken this training all over the world. The philosophy has found a home in schools, prisons, police departments, governments, and community groups throughout the United States and in Colombia, Israel, Nigeria, India, Nepal and many other countries.
Kazu Haga is a Level II Kingian Nonviolence trainer who moved to the United States as a child. His introduction to social justice work came at age 17, when he participated in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage, a walking journey from Massachusetts to New Orleans to retrace the slave trade. He has since been involved with many organizations and movements in many different capacities. Prior to joining PPWN, Kazu worked at the Peace Development Fund for over 10 years, where he left as Program Director. Kazu currently serves as a Board member for Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), PeaceWorkers and the OneLife Institute.
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