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In memory of Howard Clark

This video was prepared in Howard Clark’s memory for his posthumous receipt of the James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict, presented to his family on June 18, 2014, at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University. (Video, 4 mins)

Howard Clark was not only a pacifist, he was a leader in the worldwide effort to replace violent struggle with nonviolent conflict. For Howard, nonviolent action was a feasible alternative, and so he devoted himself to teaching and training people in the strategy and the art of nonviolent action. He believed that achieving success in this required unity among participants in a campaign or movement, a solid understanding of group dynamics and thinking, an effective decision-making process, clear and attainable goals, and commitment to nonviolent discipline. He promoted his convictions through the extensive transnational work he pursued and the longstanding people-to-people solidarity to which he committed. But above all, Howard did all this work with passion, with vital concern for those he was helping and teaching, and with love for his partner, family and friends, who loved him for what he stood for as well as who he was.

About the author

Howard Clark was a civil resistance scholar, peace activist and chair of War Resisters’ International. His most recent book is People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity (London: Pluto 2009)

 


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