Interactive Queens College Exhibition Showcases Personal Stories of Nonviolent Resistance

— A Print of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Seven-Page Letter From Birmingham Jail to be Displayed —

QUEENS, NY, January 24, 2018—Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action, opening on February 1 at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, showcases powerful stories of standing up to injustice, overcoming oppression, creating opportunity, speaking truth to power, and preventing violence. This interactive travelling exhibition, organized by the American Friends Service Committee (, uses provocative stories told by those who have fought against injustice, to demonstrate the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance to combat oppression, prevent violence, and build justice. Through displays of historical artifacts and interactive media, exhibition visitors explore the main themes of the exhibition: 1) Building Peace, 2) Ending Discrimination, 3) Addressing Prisons, 4) Just Economies, 5) Immigrant Rights, and 6) A Call to Action.

Included in the exhibition is a print of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. In 1963, King sent his now-famous letter to a handful of organizations for dissemination; the AFSC was among them. This seven-page letter is a powerful and tangible artifact from the civil rights movement and stands as a persuasive reminder of how much work still needs to be done.

The GTM will expand on the themes with historical posters, photographs and documents from the museum collection and QC Civil Rights Archives. These materials offer firsthand accounts of the fight for social justice by Queens College students, faculty and staff.

Public programs will include an opening reception on February 1 from 5 to 7 pm, talks, an educators evening, films, tours and workshops. More information on programs can be found by visiting

“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
– Cesar Chavez, AFSC staff and civil rights activist

“There is no true peace that is not founded on justice and right.”
– Lucretia Mott, abolitionist and civil rights activist

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist

The American Friends Service Committee has been a successful Quaker experiment in nurturing the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. AFSC’s century of work demonstrates the effectiveness of nonviolence to build justice, over¬come oppression, and prevent and reconcile after many forms of violence. In its 100th anniversary, AFSC has a key opportunity to share powerful lessons from its history.

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions and programs that provide exciting educational opportunities and aesthetic experiences to the Queens College community and residents of Queens, Manhattan and Long Island. As the only collection of art and artifacts in the borough, housing over 6,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times, the museum introduces visitors to works they might not otherwise encounter. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours as well as digital displays, catalogues, and an active website, complement and interpret the art on view, to serve the needs and interests of local communities. All exhibitions and programs are free.

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