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Sunday, September 8, 2013 [Kileens, TX / Ft. Hood]
Willie and I met with Malachi Muncy, a leader in the Iraq Veterans Against the War, who runs Under the Hood Coffee House in the shadows of Ft. Hood, “the largest military base in the free world.”  Under the Hood provides outreach and rights education for soldiers and veterans.
Later we slipped down to Austin, TX and connected with Chas Jacquier, another vet involved with IVAW.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 [Kileens, TX / Ft. Hood]

Willie and I met with Malachi Muncy, a leader in the Iraq Veterans Against the War, who runs Under the Hood Coffee House in the shadows of Ft. Hood, “the largest military base in the free world.”  Under the Hood provides outreach and rights education for soldiers and veterans.

Later we slipped down to Austin, TX and connected with Chas Jacquier, another vet involved with IVAW.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 [Corsicana, TX]


Willie and John visited Corsicana, TX (Fruit Cake Capitol of the World) - where Willie was born.  Willie’s family left for Watts, California when he was still a small child, after spending a year picking cotton and saving up.

Corsicana was the birthplace of the Texas oil industry.  Oil was discovered here in 1894.

It’s also the birthplace of country music legend, “Lefty” Frizzell.  Merle Haggard said of his hero, “There is really no way I can describe the effect Lefty had on audiences back in those days.  He had the soul of Hank Williams, the appeal of Johnny Cash, and the charisma of Elvis Presley.  He had it all - brilliance and clarity.”

We paid a visit to Collins Street Bakery, purveyor of the fruit cakes that put Corsicana on the map. 

Finally, we learned of the tragic story of the “Rope Walker”.  Check out this link for the story.  http://www.visitcorsicana.com/the-rope-walker.html

Saturday, September 7, 2013 [Calle Doce, Dallas, TX]
Willie and John with Ramon Mejia, a leader in Iraq Veterans Against the War.  Ramon is a middle school history teacher, who served in the Marines.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 [Calle Doce, Dallas, TX]

Willie and John with Ramon Mejia, a leader in Iraq Veterans Against the War.  Ramon is a middle school history teacher, who served in the Marines.

Friday, September 6, 2013 [Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX]
Rev. Lawson gives the keynote at conference sponsored by the SMU Dedman School of Law and SMU Perkins School of Theology.  In his address, Lawson spoke on the Civil Rights Movement and its relationship to non-violent conflict - “the engine that empowered the whole movement.”  He reflected on the 1963 March on Washington, pointing out that this march must be understood within the context of the CRM, dating from 1953 to 1973.  Non-violence, or to be more specific, non-violent conflict, he defined as the science of social change.  And he gave a history of its evolution from the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 to the March on Washington.
He rejects the notion that he is a “civil rights leader.”  Rather he has been a Methodist pastor who has always tried to discern God’s call - how to follow Jesus.
In his estimate, the greatest achievement of the Civil Rights Movement was not the Civil Rights Act or Voting Rights Act, but Headstart.

Friday, September 6, 2013 [Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX]

Rev. Lawson gives the keynote at conference sponsored by the SMU Dedman School of Law and SMU Perkins School of Theology.  In his address, Lawson spoke on the Civil Rights Movement and its relationship to non-violent conflict - “the engine that empowered the whole movement.”  He reflected on the 1963 March on Washington, pointing out that this march must be understood within the context of the CRM, dating from 1953 to 1973.  Non-violence, or to be more specific, non-violent conflict, he defined as the science of social change.  And he gave a history of its evolution from the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 to the March on Washington.

He rejects the notion that he is a “civil rights leader.”  Rather he has been a Methodist pastor who has always tried to discern God’s call - how to follow Jesus.

In his estimate, the greatest achievement of the Civil Rights Movement was not the Civil Rights Act or Voting Rights Act, but Headstart.

September 5, 2013 [Dallas, TX]
Dr. Joerg Rieger (SMU Perkins School of Theology), Elliot Shavin (Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law), Rev. James Lawson, and Willie Baptist at Mariano’s Mexican Restaurant.
Willie and I gathered last night for dinner with Rev. Lawson, Dr. Rieger, and Dean Shavin, before returning to Joerg and Rose Marie Rieger’s home to meet with Dallas-area community leaders.
It has been a tremendous honor to spend time with Rev. Lawson, a major leader in the Civil Rights Movement.  We discussed Lawson’s work in Birmingham, Nashville, and Memphis where he was working with the striking Memphis garbage workers at the time of Dr. King’s assassination.  Rev. Lawson was instrumental in helping Dr. King, with whom he worked closely, develop further the strategy of non-violent direct action.  Non-violent direct action, Lawson explained, is not simply a matter of philosophy or a moral position, it is a social science and, as a strategy, the only hope for a powerful revolutionary social movement in the face of the powers that be. 
John Wessel-McCoy

September 5, 2013 [Dallas, TX]

Dr. Joerg Rieger (SMU Perkins School of Theology), Elliot Shavin (Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law), Rev. James Lawson, and Willie Baptist at Mariano’s Mexican Restaurant.

Willie and I gathered last night for dinner with Rev. Lawson, Dr. Rieger, and Dean Shavin, before returning to Joerg and Rose Marie Rieger’s home to meet with Dallas-area community leaders.

It has been a tremendous honor to spend time with Rev. Lawson, a major leader in the Civil Rights Movement.  We discussed Lawson’s work in Birmingham, Nashville, and Memphis where he was working with the striking Memphis garbage workers at the time of Dr. King’s assassination.  Rev. Lawson was instrumental in helping Dr. King, with whom he worked closely, develop further the strategy of non-violent direct action.  Non-violent direct action, Lawson explained, is not simply a matter of philosophy or a moral position, it is a social science and, as a strategy, the only hope for a powerful revolutionary social movement in the face of the powers that be. 

John Wessel-McCoy

Next stop, Kansas City!

Hosted by UTS/PI alum Rev. Jessica Chadwick Williams, events of this Pedagogy of the Poor stop include:

— Tues Aug 27, 7:30pm - Chapel service at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; a Q&A session following chapel

— Wed Aug 28, 2pm - participate in 1 mile march thru KC for 50th anniversary of March on Washington

— Wed Aug 28, 7pm - Bible study at First Baptist Church of Overland Park (other churches have been invited as well)

— Thurs Aug 29, 3:30-4:30pm - Discussion with 50 or so middle school youth at Bethel Neighborhood Center

Also…a visit to the John Brown Museum!

Friday, April 12, 2013
[Duluth, MN]
In spite of heavy snow and winds off the lake, folks make it out in impressive numbers to community workshop at Coppertop United Methodist.  Great event.

Friday, April 12, 2013

[Duluth, MN]

In spite of heavy snow and winds off the lake, folks make it out in impressive numbers to community workshop at Coppertop United Methodist.  Great event.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

[Duluth, MN]

Blizzard hits Duluth in the midst of our Minnesota Tour.  Lake Superior is an awesome force of nature!

Evening event cancelled.

Wednesday, April 10

[Duluth, MN] Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy lead a community workshop at American Indian Community Housing Organization in downtown Duluth.

Local coverage by WDIO - http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S2994608.shtml?cat=10335 

Sunday, February 24, 2013
[Memphis, TN]
Paying homage to the King.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

[Memphis, TN]

Paying homage to the King.