REFLECTION: 50 years on, Birmingham pledge of nonviolence still inspires

by Fr. John Dear, S.J. Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace I’ve been pondering the 1963 Birmingham campaign, which led to the March on Washington and civil rights legislation, for clues about resisting our ongoing systemic racism, oppression of the poor, corporate greed, global militarism and refusal to fight climate change. This 50th anniversary reminds … Continue reading REFLECTION: 50 years on, Birmingham pledge of nonviolence still inspires

BOOK REVIEW: Memoir on Birmingham bombing a study in forgiveness

by Rev. John Dear, S.J. Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace This year, my summer reading included Carolyn Maull McKinstry's memoir, While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement (Tyndale, 2011, 301 pp., with Denise George), which I picked up at the Civil Rights Institute on a recent visit … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Memoir on Birmingham bombing a study in forgiveness