Digital Collections

The Veterans of Hope Project

Themes: Civil Rights Movements

The Veterans of Hope Project is a multifaceted educational initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy. We encourage a healing-centered approach to community-building that recognizes the interconnectedness of spirit, creativity and citizenship. Our educational materials are designed to support reconciliation, nonviolence and an appreciation for the value of indigenous and folk wisdom for contemporary times.

Through a video interview series with older peace and justice activists; an accompanying curriculum; workshops and training in compassionate leadership development; and a public symposium series, the Project emphasizes grassroots resources for social change from the wisdom of varied local communities. We document and share the transformative histories of “long distance runners” for peace and justice- passing on the values, faith and practices that have guided their lives and work. [Description from website.]

The site offers interviews with many “veterans of hope” including Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ruby Sales, Anne Braden, Dolores Huerta, and more.