Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

Reconsidering the Civil Rights Movement in the Footsteps of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá

This talk uses principles of race unity described by 'Abdu'l-Bahá and family/ personal history to describe how such principles affected the author's research and writing about a critical period in U.S. history, the civil rights movement. Many civil rights activities tended toward resistance, but were constructive, and many aspects of Black culture during that time did show evidence of constructive resilience. This paper notes the similarities and dissimilarities between the traditional civil rights movement in that state and Bahá’í concepts of constructive resilience.