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(A Repeat) SOUL FORCE IN ACTION-Bayard Rustin

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January 16, 2012 marks the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor Dr. King and the many heroes and s'heroes of the Civil Rights Movement for their demonstration of SOUL FORCE IN ACTION. We particularly acknowledge Bayard Rustin, the hidden brilliant strategiest behind the Nonviolent Direct Action of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Rustin was a co-founder of SCLS and he taught the principles and practices of Nonviolent Direct Action to Dr. King and  the key participants in the boycotts and marches between 1955 and 1968. Raised as a Quaker by his grandmother, Rustin was anchored in peaceful approaches to conscientious elimination injustice and inequality. As well, he traveled to India to explore the "Truth Force" (Satyagraha) practice of Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian Independence Movement.

Dr. Hazzard discusses Bayard Rustin's SOUL FORCE/TRUTH FORCE tactics and his fundamental principle summed up in this Rustin quote: "To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.”

The crux of the conversation is "Activating Your SOUL FORCE as a Spiritual Activist.