The Nonviolence Legacy Program began in the fall of 2008 with an original goal of creating a youth-led, adult-supported nonviolence training and direct action team for Tucson. A multi-generational team of certified youth and adult trainers is now available to provide a range of nonviolence training programs and community presentations in Tucson and Southern Arizona. High school-age youth are trained and certified during an annual, two-week Youth Leadership Institute to present ten modules/lessons about Kingian Nonviolence.
The Nonviolence Legacy Program is linked with a loosely organized network of Kingian Nonviolence programs and centers across the US and in several other countries. These programs are connected with civil rights pioneer Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., who was National Program Administrator for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These programs are dedicated to realizing Dr. King's dream of a nonviolent, just, and compassionate society where everyone can reach their highest potential, what Dr. King called the Beloved Community. Collectively, we are committed to carrying out Dr. King's final instructions to Dr. Lafayette on the evening before King's assassination – that the next movement must be to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.