Mural Making, Kingian Nonviolence Training & Civil Rights Leader Coming to Watertown

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Civil Rights Leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette will be in Watertown for the unveiling of a mural in June. The mural will be made by local residents.

This spring there will be many ways for community residents, both young and old, to get involved with Watertown’s Kingian Nonviolence initiative, said local organizers.

Kingian nonviolence is a train- the-trainer model created by civil rights leader, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, that applies Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy and methods to current conflicts.

Community Mural Project: One way to get involved is through a mixed media mural to be created on the back wall of the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. On March 3rd, 17th, and 31st project organizers will host a series of free tile painting/making and mosaic-building workshops at HATCH Makers’ Space (20 Summer St.), to create pieces of the mural. There will also be a free tile painting/making workshop at the Mosesian Center for the Arts on March 10th as part of a Spring Festival. Please see HATCH (www.watertownlib.org/hatch) and MCA (mosesianarts.org) calendars for more details. If you are interested in volunteering for the painting portion of this mural in April/May, please contact Ruth Henry ruth.henry@watertown.k12.ma.us.

The Watertown Public Schools and the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee are honored to announce that on June 7th, 2018 Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. will join us in unveiling the finished mural. This event will be free and open to the public. More information will be posted on the Watertown Public Schools website closer to the date.

Community Course on Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation: The Committee will also host its third parent/community course on Kingian Nonviolence & Conflict Reconciliation on Sundays, March 18th and 25th. All interested youth and adults are welcome. Details and the registration link are available on the Watertown Public Schools website (watertown.k12.ma.us). This course is generously supported by the Watertown Community Foundation and the Watertown Police Department. Mr. Jonathan “Globe” Lewis, a nationally renowned Kingian trainer, will be co-teaching the course and will also speak at Watertown High School.

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