Civil Rights, MLK and the Passive Moderate: A Conversation

    January 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
    SEMA Foundation
    2843 N Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85712

    “No Charge – Free Vegetarian Buffet.

    Hosted by Community Conversations

    Civil Rights, MLK and the Passive Moderate:
    A Conversation to Inspire & Challenge our Potential to Activism

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. honored nonviolence as a pilgrimage. We are all at different places on this journey. Dr. King offered powerful ideas about the challenge of working with passive white moderates and what he saw as the “Shallow understanding from people of goodwill…” He viewed this “[as] more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” – Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963. Using a circles dialogue process (inspired by Our Family’s Center for Community Dialogue), we will share and listen and, hopefully, arrive at a fresh understanding of this challenge. Please join us.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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