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George Lakey: “Dancing With History”
March 7 @ 2:00 pm
Quaker activist, author and master storyteller George Lakey will describe his involvement in struggles for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor justice, and environment. His life will be the subject of a new documentary film coming out this year.
From his first arrest in the Civil Rights era to his most recent one during a climate justice march at the age of 83, George Lakey has committed his life to a mission of building a better world through movements for justice. Lakey draws us into the center of history-making events, telling often serious stories with playfulness and intimacy.
Lakey’s recently published memoir, “Dancing with History,” describes his coming out as bisexual to his Quaker community while known as a church leader and family man, taking action against the war in Vietnam by delivering medical supplies through the naval blockade in the South China Sea, and devising new tactics for direct action campaigns.
Including the tactics he learned as a young man facing violence in the streets and risking his life as an unarmed bodyguard for Sri Lankan human rights lawyers, Lakey shows readers how to find hope in even the darkest times through strategic, joyful activism.