PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Why We Can’t Wait: Learn Organizing in the Tradition of King

This 6-session series provides an introduction to organizing and mobilizing in the Kingian Nonviolence (KNV) tradition. KNV provides values and methods for waging conflict and working for justice and reconciliation. It is a philosophy, a way of life, a methodology, and a discipline. These transformative workshops have helped thousands of individuals around the world understand the depth of nonviolence as a philosophy and practice of change, and how to incorporate this practice into their lives and work.


During the series participants will be invited to engage with material through a lens of current projects and problems.There will be prep work to complete for each session and a requirement to check in with a classmate three times during the series.


Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation was codified by Bernard Lafayette, Jr., and David Jehnsen based on their experiences working as organizers and educators on the staff of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Kingian Nonviolence approach is part of a centuries-old tradition that builds on the insights of many organizers, teachers, and leaders.


Kezia Curtis –– Detroit, MI

Co-lead of Black Lives Matter Detroit, and Founder and Chef, Under Rainbow Catering


Matt Guynn –– Portland, OR

On Earth Peace’s Director of Organizing and Coordinating Committee member, Oregon Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Training Length and Type:

120 minutes, Tuesdays – April 9, 16, 23, (SKIP ONE WEEK- No class April 30), May 7, 14, 21


Connect as an individual

Workshop Series Offered:

Tuesdays April 9, 16, 23, ((SKIP ONE WEEK- No class April 30)), May 7, 14, 21 at 3pm PT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET


This training is ideal for:

Activists, organizers, community change makers, and people interested in learning the principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

Training Outcomes

You’ll come away with:

  • A better understanding of key principles of a Kingian Nonviolence approach to campaigns and community building
  • Expand and deepen your existing organizing and mobilizing tools as we explore Kingian practices 
  • Explore how to apply principles & tools to your community context
  • Explore concepts of reconciliation and nonviolence and how they may apply to your work
  • Identify next steps in your leadership and organizing

What do you do to prepare?

Our workshops are participatory. We do not offer workshop participants recordings because of the intimate nature of our online workshop style. Your participation is an important part of the community learning process. Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.


CostPeoplesHub is committed to making trainings accessible, regardless of ability to pay. Our Workshop Trainers are some of the most experienced trainers and organizers who, like you, are working hard for change in their communities. In order to offer trainers fair compensation, the real cost of a PH workshop is $40/person. Please pay what you can afford. Our goal is to ensure our trainings are accessible and to allow folks to “pay it forward.” Thanks for your support! We look forward to learning with you.

Due to the nature of its length, this series begins at $120. Please contact us if you need a scholarship in addition to this community rate.

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Kezia Renee Curtis (left)

Kezia Renee Curtis is an aspiring healer and chef, a reiki practitioner, and a lifelong Nonviolence (positive peace) activist from Detroit, Michigan.   Curtis’ Social Justice passions encompass Black liberation, Black & Palestinian solidarity, feminism, and queer activism.


As a Black Lives Matter (BLM) Detroit Co-Lead Curtis focuses on keeping the organization in alignment with its mission and vision, as well as in harmony with the broader BLM  region and network. For the past 15+ years Curtis has had experience in developing, creating, and implementing programs in line with the larger vision of profit and nonprofit organizations (Leaps & Bounds Family Services, Urban Leadership Specialist, Feedom Freedom Growers, and Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center).  During this time Curtis has also had the honor of developing and launching collective organizations that center the safety , support and voices of women, women of color, lesbian, queer and trans identities (Fender Bender Detroit and Healing by Choice!). As a member of those collectives she held multiple lead and support roles in fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordination, project development and implementation, and facilitation.  Weaved throughout Curtis’ commitments to the work are the values of transformation, safety, and connection.


Matt Guynn (right)

Matt Guynn is director of organizing for church and community groups for On Earth Peace ( He works with groups around the United States and internationally to build capacity for nonviolent social change. Matt is a co-founder of the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee. He has served as staff, trainer, and board member for Training for Change (, an international social change training center based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


He supports and facilitates online training for social change with PeoplesHub ( Matt has consulted with organizations including the Service Employees International Union and Greenpeace USA. Matt worked as co-coordinator of training for Christian Peacemaker Teams (, preparing people to carry out nonviolent direct action and unarmed accompaniment in conflict zones, and he served as an unarmed bodyguard in Chiapas, Mexico. Matt holds a BA in Peace Studies from Manchester University, an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA in Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Sarah Kinsel and sons Daniel and Owen.