Nonviolent Protests from MLK, Jr., to the Middle East

Martin Luther King, Jr., called nonviolent protest “a powerful and just weapon.” On May 22, Riché Richardson, Cornell associate professor of Africana studies, will explain Dr. King’s philosophy and how it was applied in the struggle for civil rights. Her talk will be followed by a discussion, in the light of Dr. King’s legacy, of protests in the Middle East. The free event, at 7 pm in the Borg Warner room in Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, is sponsored by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME) and all are welcome.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. said that ‘violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.’ We are excited to have an eminent scholar like Professor Richardson to illuminate what Dr. King’s vision meant for our country and to talk about what it means for protests in the Middle East, especially in light of recent events in Gaza,” said Linda Glaser, chair of ICUCME.

Richardson’s research focuses on how the U.S. South has contributed to the shaping of attitudes toward gender and race in the U.S, and in shaping categories such as the American and the African American. Her first book, “Black Masculinity and the U.S. South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta” was honored as an “Outstanding Academic Title”; her other honors include an award from University of California, Davis, for Diversity and the Principles of Community. She was a featured speaker at the 100th birthday celebration of the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks, held at the Rosa Parks Museum in Alabama.