George Russell Lakey|
(November 2, 1937 - living) U.S.A.
Activist, sociologist, writer
George Russell Lakey was the son of a slate miner. He was born to Dora M. and Russell George Lakey in Bangor, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cheyney University in southeastern Pennsylvania, and also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway where he married Berit Mathiesen in 1960, and taught at an Oslo high school. He continued his sociology studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
George was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project. Each of his nine published books has been about change and how to get it. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, the Ashley Montague Conflict Resolution Award, was named the Peace Educator of the Year in 2010, and received the Giraffe Award for Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.
In 1973 George came out in public as a gay man and joined the LGBT movement and became part of Gay Liberation's early visionary days.
He is a Quaker, a gay man with four great-grandchildren, and plays Broadway tunes for sing-alongs. His first arrest was for a civil rights sit-in, he has served as an unarmed bodyguard for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, and recently walked 200 miles to protest mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. He has founded a number of social change organizations including Training for Change and, most recently, Earth Quaker Action Team.
He is a columnist for WagingNonviolence.org where he often shares lessons learned from leading over 1500 social change workshops on five continents.
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