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David Hadley Finke
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  • Columbia, MO
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Raised with Gandhi's picture on the wall in the 1940s by parents who were pacifists and racial equality activists -- vigorous members of Fellowship of Reconciliation. Led to taking a stand as a conscientious objector to all war.
Handed out the comic book "The Montgomery Story" when in high school in Aurora, Illinois. Influenced by Glenn Smiley, F.O.R. staffer who had worked with King in Montgomery, as he spoke comparing the Montgomery approach with Little Rock.
Studied and wrote about Gandhi's thought and action at Oberlin College. Inspired by King when he was leading the Montgomery Movement, and heard him several times during college years and at the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,"
Spent some time in voter registration in rural west Tennessee, summer 1962, and assisted in SNCC office in Atlanta in 1963, with brief time as guest of the City of Nashville while joining friends there on a picket line.
Marched in silent procession with Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Heschel to Arlington Cemetery, with "Clergy & Laity Against the War in Vietnam," to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Primary organizational commitments since early 1980s have been in the Religious Society of Friends. Enjoy sharing these experiences with younger activists, who must "Carry it On!"
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Notes

How to Learn Nonviolent Resistance As King Did

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012 at 11:48am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012.

Two Types of Demands?

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012 at 10:16pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 11, 2012.

Why gender matters for building peace

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 5, 2011 at 6:51am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012.

Gene Sharp & the History of Nonviolent Action

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Oct 10, 2011 at 5:30pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 31, 2011.

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