Sep 28, 2019
I have learnt so much and will be applying this to the change action empowerment in the UK. I appreciate this opportunity to learn at my own pace and appreciate the work undertaken in the past.
Apr 25, 2018
Among the very best courses led by the participants in the struggle for civil rights. Helped me to gain a better understanding of what has been gained (and lost) in our nation's story.
by Sara M•
Mar 06, 2019
This class was so well presented and I have recommended it to everyone willing to listen. The experiences, strategy and history shared are inspiring for those that want to better understand our past, but also for those that want to change our future. If you're thinking of taking this course, do not hesitate, sign up now!
by Abu M I U•
Mar 13, 2019
by Aloke N P•
Dec 28, 2018
a must do course for every global citizen. Its not just exploring an idea but its also about exploring you as a human being and your capabilities.
by Shirley P•
Jan 01, 2016
This was a great refresher course for me having lived during the Civil Rights Movement but in the northern part of the United States. Dr. Lafayette did a wonderful job in his stories and descriptions to make the Movement struggles and successes real. He and others also shared interesting insider tidbits on those active in the movement. Great class! Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow in knowledge of those who fought hard so that each of us in this country can eat lunch or ride a bus however we need to in our every day lives.
by Alzbeta S•
Jun 22, 2016
One of the best courses I took on Coursera. Very informative and practical.
by Karl S G•
Jun 26, 2018
An excellent course, providing an inside view of the Civil Rights movement, bringing History to life, as well as providing a lot of interesting thoughts and guidelines for how to tackle some of today's big social and political conflicts. A big thanks to Dr Lafayette and all other contributors.
by Alexandra S•
Dec 31, 2016
by Emily H•
Jun 10, 2017
This was a wonderful course that I would suggest to anyone at all. It's so important to know the story and the struggles and bravery of those who non violently fought for equality and did not settle for life as it was for them by uniting with others who were like minding and focusing also on those common goals and not differences that may have been among them. Also learning about the organizing that took place and the elders of the movement leading the way and realizing the importance of education and leading those younger who wanted to participate etc... As an individual, a community, nation, and world there is so much to learn from this course.
by Joni L•
Feb 05, 2016
I'm learning so much, and it's a wonderful format. We're going to need to know these principles of Nonviolence if we're to deal effectively with the regenerative changes needed. I'm so glad i heard about this course!
by Ignasi I•
Dec 04, 2016
Exceptional information and lessons to better understand what was the struggle for Civil Rights. The teachings of Dr. LaFayette invite to take the brief experience as a case study, worthy of being analyzed and considered when comparing it to other social movements.
by JOHN Q•
Dec 06, 2015
Nice review of a very difficult time in our history which was favored by some courageous folks who worked and endured a lot to effect a better society.
by Karin H•
Feb 03, 2016
This class was excellent. I loved hearing what had to be said and the viewpoints I was given. It was like I was actually there walking among the people. I felt myself protesting and fighting against racism. It was interesting to hear about all the different players in the movement and what they did.
by Danielle C•
Mar 18, 2018
Thank you for refreshing the history of a time when I witnessed so much change. I really enjoyed it.
Danielle Rawls Carr- Atlanta, Georgia
by Alex R•
Dec 29, 2015
Very interesting course - Thank you very much
by Lisa S•
Jul 09, 2017
Absolutely fascinating course - a privilege to have insights from one of the major lights of the civil rights movement
by Eleanor M C•
Jul 27, 2017
Simply excellent. Truly an education on history and planning for the future - future generations, that is. This teaching is phenomenal insight that should be shared in every high school and college that seeks societal understanding and growth and desires a turning away from past atrocities and human division. Thank you for sharing!
by Felipe T•
Jan 27, 2017
This is a marvelous and very inspiring course. Thank you so much!
by Seongkyul P•
Feb 17, 2017
I loved being able to hear directly from the leaders of the civil rights movement. The course videos were short enough that I got through the course in two Saturday afternoons. The stories interwove historical events and insights, practical strategies for mobilizing, and inspiring/moving confessions of light in even the darkest times.
Some of my favorite parts included learning about the following:
-Jails were used as active classrooms for university students! They even shared info on college access with a jail ward. Crazy.
-The civil rights leaders honored all people's dignity and believed in their mission beyond what seemed to be in front of their eyes. Who would have thought that the jailed students would sing to jail staff by name, that they'd build a relationship with them, that they'd sing songs of such conviction to uplift their spirits and to warn the system to "be prepared" for the many more who'd soon join their movement.
-Andrew Young's confession about what his wife told him after they read about Dr. Lafayette, essentially "drop everything, we gotta go back home NOW." Their sacrifice and courage, even when they had everything set up for them in the North, are incredible to witness.
-The cross-continental influences! I ddin't know Jim Lawson was a divinity school student, who ended up learning non-violence in India where he lived 3 years as a missionary. The intersection of faith, social justice, calling, cross-cultural sharing/empowering were themes I found unable to shake from my mind days after I finished this course.
-The civil rights movement was fiercely organized and executed. It didn't happen accidently over night, or by fury or whim of young folks alone. Even the young - so many of the leaders were so young!!! - had a very clear strategy to winning against structural racism, and even their sacrifices "dares" so to speak were planned and not foolish. They knew what dangers or threats there may be, but it was always with a clear goal and purpose that they put themselves in the act of civil disobedience.
I will be spending my upcoming months going through the readings, books, and independent research to learn more about the civil rights movements and its leaders. I was not taught any of this in detail in highschool, which I feel that it should!!! This course is timely, and much needed, as it's been disparaging to try to remain engaged and active under Trumplandia. Thank you to those who lived this history. Thank you SO MUCH for translating your experiences into another digestible course, so that less informed folks like me can encounter (albeit late) your bravery, intelligence, and accomplishments which should never be forgotten.
by Luz-Elena C•
Apr 05, 2017
A beutiful course- From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement.
This is a historical event that keeps updating itself every day. History as it is happening! And we are so very lucky to have the very protagonists of these historical events here, teaching this course at Coursera. People from everywhere in the world can now learn about this.
by Diane N•
Dec 02, 2015
Every body black white green or polka dot should take this course, learn to come together non violently thank you all for the lessons I learned
by Carole A•
Feb 21, 2016
It was a pleasure to listen to Dr Lafayette explain not only what happened during the Civil Rights movement but also the background, the outcome and the philosophy of the people involved.
This class has outstanding content and is a great source of reflections on our individual actions.
by Uilson C•
Jun 28, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
Wonderfully engaging stories.
by Chaundra W•
Sep 24, 2017
Dr. Bernard LaFayette is an excellent storyteller and he recalls many of the events of the Civil Rights movement with great passion and reflection. All of the guest speakers and interviewers were excellent. There is a lot of important American History in this course.
by Corinne S•
May 22, 2016
One of the best and most informative classes I have taken on Coursera. I highly recommend for everyone!