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Rev Sekou

Social Justice Activist, Theologian, Author & Musician

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Rev Sekou Biography

Rev Sekou, a multifaceted social justice advocate, has been influential in various mediums ranging from music and literature to civil rights activism. He released "In Times Like These" in May 2017, a work that further cemented his presence in the music industry, having already produced the North Mississippi Allstars, a six-time Grammy-nominated group. His single, "We Comin'", was recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement. Sekou's impact extends to literature as well, with five books set to be released by Chalice Press, a publisher renowned for progressive religious thought.

His scholarly endeavors have also been notable. Sekou served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute, where he contributed significant insights on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by British police and the subsequent London riots. Furthermore, Sekou was featured in Orlando de Guzman's 2015 documentary film, Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory and produced a documentary short film, "Exiles in the Promised Land," based on his visit to a refugee camp and lecture in Beirut, Lebanon. His lectures have been sought after by prestigious institutions such as Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, and Vanderbilt University.

Sekou's passion for justice and peace is evident in his various roles in activism. He played a significant role in the Ferguson uprising, during which he was arrested multiple times. He has trained over five thousand activists in militant nonviolent civil disobedience throughout the United States. His efforts for global justice saw him serve as a delegate to the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Following Hurricane Katrina, Sekou moved to New Orleans and founded the local Interfaith Worker Justice Center, and he co-led an interfaith delegation to Haiti after the earthquake. Recognized by Ebony Magazine's Power 100 and NAACP History Makers, Sekou's influence is undeniable.

Speaking Topics
  • This Ain't Your Daddy's Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Liberals and conservatives alike are quick to appropriate Martin Luther King, Jr. to justify their political aims and buttress their opinions of social movements. Corporations such as Apple have used his words and images to sell their wares, while pundits of all persuasions have invoked his name to browbeat younger activists and their tactics. Such is the case with Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), commonly known as Black Lives Matter (BLM). Often denigrated in public discourse, Black Lives Matter is the largest movement for racial justice since the civil rights movement of King’s day.

    However, polling data on Dr. King and BLM reveal that they have more in common than popularly believed. Both Dr. King and BLM have less than a 50% approval rating in their respective times. In fact, they share an equal amount of public scorn. Rev. Sekou, a Martin Luther King scholar and frontline Black Lives Matters activist argues that young activist are rejecting the pop culture presentation and not the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.

  • The Tent Revival: An Evening of Sound and Celebration with Rev Sekou

    Rev. Sekou has released two critically acclaimed albums: "The Revolution Has Come" and "In Times Like These." Released with Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost, "The Revolution Has Come" is a nine-track project that celebrates gutbucket blues, gospel, soul, and funk all at once. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s “deep bone-marrow-level conviction." The single, “We Comin’” was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Harmonica, rock guitar, and a B3 Hammond organ carry the listener to protest ecstasy.

    "In Times Like These" is Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album. Produced by six-time Grammy-nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album is a new vision for what Southern blues can mean today, all saturated with Pentecostal sacred steel and soul legacy. "In Times Like These" is drenched with the sweat and tears of the Mississippi River, the great tributary that ties so much of the South together. The sonic landscape of Rev. Sekou’s music captures the toil of Southern field hands, the guttural cry of chain gangs, the vibrancy of contemporary street protest, backwoods juke joints, and shotgun churches.

    Rev. Sekou tours with the Brooklyn-based The Seal Breakers, a twelve-piece ensemble that includes four horns, two backup singers, and a Hammond B3 organ. Their concerts invoke the spirit of the southern Tent Revival where all are welcome regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • The Task of The Artist in The Time of Monsters

    From the fine arts museums to foot stomping juke joints, artists have long played a key role in the movement for social justice. Critically acclaimed musician and activist Rev. Sekou believes that artists will play a critical role in healing the acrimony that beset much of our national dialogue. Rev. Sekou’s own music builds upon movement music by the SNCC Freedom Singers, The Staple Singers, and the blues tradition. By accessing the life work of cultural geniuses such Albert Camus, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Sekou unearths the ways in which artists have provided the balm for wounded social justice warriors.

  • God, Gays, and Guns: Religion and The Future of American Democracy

    The recent election has reinvigorated the cultural wars. With the vast majority of white evangelicals supporting President Trump and the rollback civil rights victories, religion will continue to play a key role in our public life. This talk, based on Rev. Sekou’s book, Gods, Gays, and Guns, explores the topics of gay marriage, economic justice, and social movements, taking audiences on a spiritual journey that highlights our current crisis of faith in both religion and democracy. At the heart of this speech is the provocative claim that democracy and God have failed. With unflinching candor, Rev. Sekou will challenge audiences to rethink the meaning of the role of religion in our global democracy.

  • Ferguson

    Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. He trained and co-leader hundreds in militant nonviolent actions in Ferguson. Rev. Sekou attended high school in St. Louis and was ordained at Friendly Temple Baptist Church, taught alternatives to gang violence at local middle schools, and directed a community center at the Cochran Housing Project. In May 2015, Rev. Sekou moved back to St. Louis to focus on organizing against police violence, predatory court systems, and economic and social injustice. He was arrested four times and faced up to a year in prison. His first-hand accounts of the vibrancy of the protest that launched the Black Lives Matter movement are real and rare.

  • Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

    Trained at the Highland Center and tutored by Rev. Dr. James Lawson who Martin Luther King called the greatest nonviolent theorist in the world, Rev. Sekou has trained thousands in the tradition of nonviolent resistance throughout the United States. He is considered one of the leading figures in nonviolent civil resistance. He has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. These workshop-style trainings give organizers understanding of the moral philosophy of militant nonviolent civil disobedience, the real-time tactics, and the infrastructure necessary to support movement leaders who risk arrest.

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We Comin', Rev. Sekou

Rev. Sekou performs "We Comin'" at the Oxford American Landmark Sessions, Sept....
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Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy

Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy

urbansouls: Reflections on Youth, Religion, and Hip-Hop Culture

urbansouls: Reflections on Youth, Religion, and Hip-Hop Culture

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  • What topics does Rev Sekou speak about?

    Rev Sekou is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Black History, Culture, Diversity Speakers, Faith & Religion, Literary, Spirituality.
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    Rev Sekou generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rev Sekou for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rev Sekou for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rev Sekou or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Rev Sekou Biography

Rev Sekou, a multifaceted social justice advocate, has been influential in various mediums ranging from music and literature to civil rights activism. He released "In Times Like These" in May 2017, a work that further cemented his presence in the music industry, having already produced the North Mississippi Allstars, a six-time Grammy-nominated group. His single, "We Comin'", was recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement. Sekou's impact extends to literature as well, with five books set to be released by Chalice Press, a publisher renowned for progressive religious thought.

His scholarly endeavors have also been notable. Sekou served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute, where he contributed significant insights on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by British police and the subsequent London riots. Furthermore, Sekou was featured in Orlando de Guzman's 2015 documentary film, Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory and produced a documentary short film, "Exiles in the Promised Land," based on his visit to a refugee camp and lecture in Beirut, Lebanon. His lectures have been sought after by prestigious institutions such as Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, and Vanderbilt University.

Sekou's passion for justice and peace is evident in his various roles in activism. He played a significant role in the Ferguson uprising, during which he was arrested multiple times. He has trained over five thousand activists in militant nonviolent civil disobedience throughout the United States. His efforts for global justice saw him serve as a delegate to the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Following Hurricane Katrina, Sekou moved to New Orleans and founded the local Interfaith Worker Justice Center, and he co-led an interfaith delegation to Haiti after the earthquake. Recognized by Ebony Magazine's Power 100 and NAACP History Makers, Sekou's influence is undeniable.

Rev Sekou Speaking Topics

  • This Ain't Your Daddy's Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Liberals and conservatives alike are quick to appropriate Martin Luther King, Jr. to justify their political aims and buttress their opinions of social movements. Corporations such as Apple have used his words and images to sell their wares, while pundits of all persuasions have invoked his name to browbeat younger activists and their tactics. Such is the case with Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), commonly known as Black Lives Matter (BLM). Often denigrated in public discourse, Black Lives Matter is the largest movement for racial justice since the civil rights movement of King’s day.

    However, polling data on Dr. King and BLM reveal that they have more in common than popularly believed. Both Dr. King and BLM have less than a 50% approval rating in their respective times. In fact, they share an equal amount of public scorn. Rev. Sekou, a Martin Luther King scholar and frontline Black Lives Matters activist argues that young activist are rejecting the pop culture presentation and not the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.

  • The Tent Revival: An Evening of Sound and Celebration with Rev Sekou

    Rev. Sekou has released two critically acclaimed albums: "The Revolution Has Come" and "In Times Like These." Released with Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost, "The Revolution Has Come" is a nine-track project that celebrates gutbucket blues, gospel, soul, and funk all at once. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s “deep bone-marrow-level conviction." The single, “We Comin’” was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Harmonica, rock guitar, and a B3 Hammond organ carry the listener to protest ecstasy.

    "In Times Like These" is Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album. Produced by six-time Grammy-nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album is a new vision for what Southern blues can mean today, all saturated with Pentecostal sacred steel and soul legacy. "In Times Like These" is drenched with the sweat and tears of the Mississippi River, the great tributary that ties so much of the South together. The sonic landscape of Rev. Sekou’s music captures the toil of Southern field hands, the guttural cry of chain gangs, the vibrancy of contemporary street protest, backwoods juke joints, and shotgun churches.

    Rev. Sekou tours with the Brooklyn-based The Seal Breakers, a twelve-piece ensemble that includes four horns, two backup singers, and a Hammond B3 organ. Their concerts invoke the spirit of the southern Tent Revival where all are welcome regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • The Task of The Artist in The Time of Monsters

    From the fine arts museums to foot stomping juke joints, artists have long played a key role in the movement for social justice. Critically acclaimed musician and activist Rev. Sekou believes that artists will play a critical role in healing the acrimony that beset much of our national dialogue. Rev. Sekou’s own music builds upon movement music by the SNCC Freedom Singers, The Staple Singers, and the blues tradition. By accessing the life work of cultural geniuses such Albert Camus, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Sekou unearths the ways in which artists have provided the balm for wounded social justice warriors.

  • God, Gays, and Guns: Religion and The Future of American Democracy

    The recent election has reinvigorated the cultural wars. With the vast majority of white evangelicals supporting President Trump and the rollback civil rights victories, religion will continue to play a key role in our public life. This talk, based on Rev. Sekou’s book, Gods, Gays, and Guns, explores the topics of gay marriage, economic justice, and social movements, taking audiences on a spiritual journey that highlights our current crisis of faith in both religion and democracy. At the heart of this speech is the provocative claim that democracy and God have failed. With unflinching candor, Rev. Sekou will challenge audiences to rethink the meaning of the role of religion in our global democracy.

  • Ferguson

    Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. He trained and co-leader hundreds in militant nonviolent actions in Ferguson. Rev. Sekou attended high school in St. Louis and was ordained at Friendly Temple Baptist Church, taught alternatives to gang violence at local middle schools, and directed a community center at the Cochran Housing Project. In May 2015, Rev. Sekou moved back to St. Louis to focus on organizing against police violence, predatory court systems, and economic and social injustice. He was arrested four times and faced up to a year in prison. His first-hand accounts of the vibrancy of the protest that launched the Black Lives Matter movement are real and rare.

  • Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

    Trained at the Highland Center and tutored by Rev. Dr. James Lawson who Martin Luther King called the greatest nonviolent theorist in the world, Rev. Sekou has trained thousands in the tradition of nonviolent resistance throughout the United States. He is considered one of the leading figures in nonviolent civil resistance. He has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. These workshop-style trainings give organizers understanding of the moral philosophy of militant nonviolent civil disobedience, the real-time tactics, and the infrastructure necessary to support movement leaders who risk arrest.

Rev Sekou Videos

  • We Comin', Rev. Sekou
    Rev. Sekou performs "We Comin'" at the Oxford American Landmark Sessions, Sept. 2019. Read more about the series here:...
  • Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
    July 10, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- The horns burst, the voices wail and, as if about to launch into a sermon, this author, activist, intellectual, pastor...

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  • How do I book Rev Sekou to speak at my event?

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  • What are the speaker fees for Rev Sekou

    Speaking fees for Rev Sekou, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rev Sekou are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rev Sekou, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rev Sekou speak about?

    Rev Sekou is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Black History, Culture, Diversity Speakers, Faith & Religion, Literary, Spirituality.
  • Where does Rev Sekou travel from?

    Rev Sekou generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rev Sekou’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rev Sekou for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rev Sekou for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rev Sekou or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Rev Sekou is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as This Ain't Your Daddy's Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Tent Revival: An Evening of Sound and Celebration with Rev Sekou, The Task of The Artist in The Time of Monsters, God, Gays, and Guns: Religion and The Future of American Democracy, Ferguson and Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rev Sekou for your event is available upon request. Rev Sekou generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Bernice King, Hill Harper, Nkechi Taifa, Amber Hikes and Fania Davis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rev Sekou for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Rev Sekou Speaking Topics

  • This Ain't Your Daddy's Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Liberals and conservatives alike are quick to appropriate Martin Luther King, Jr. to justify their political aims and buttress their opinions of social movements. Corporations such as Apple have used his words and images to sell their wares, while pundits of all persuasions have invoked his name to browbeat younger activists and their tactics. Such is the case with Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), commonly known as Black Lives Matter (BLM). Often denigrated in public discourse, Black Lives Matter is the largest movement for racial justice since the civil rights movement of King’s day.

    However, polling data on Dr. King and BLM reveal that they have more in common than popularly believed. Both Dr. King and BLM have less than a 50% approval rating in their respective times. In fact, they share an equal amount of public scorn. Rev. Sekou, a Martin Luther King scholar and frontline Black Lives Matters activist argues that young activist are rejecting the pop culture presentation and not the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.

  • The Tent Revival: An Evening of Sound and Celebration with Rev Sekou

    Rev. Sekou has released two critically acclaimed albums: "The Revolution Has Come" and "In Times Like These." Released with Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost, "The Revolution Has Come" is a nine-track project that celebrates gutbucket blues, gospel, soul, and funk all at once. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s “deep bone-marrow-level conviction." The single, “We Comin’” was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Harmonica, rock guitar, and a B3 Hammond organ carry the listener to protest ecstasy.

    "In Times Like These" is Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album. Produced by six-time Grammy-nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album is a new vision for what Southern blues can mean today, all saturated with Pentecostal sacred steel and soul legacy. "In Times Like These" is drenched with the sweat and tears of the Mississippi River, the great tributary that ties so much of the South together. The sonic landscape of Rev. Sekou’s music captures the toil of Southern field hands, the guttural cry of chain gangs, the vibrancy of contemporary street protest, backwoods juke joints, and shotgun churches.

    Rev. Sekou tours with the Brooklyn-based The Seal Breakers, a twelve-piece ensemble that includes four horns, two backup singers, and a Hammond B3 organ. Their concerts invoke the spirit of the southern Tent Revival where all are welcome regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • The Task of The Artist in The Time of Monsters

    From the fine arts museums to foot stomping juke joints, artists have long played a key role in the movement for social justice. Critically acclaimed musician and activist Rev. Sekou believes that artists will play a critical role in healing the acrimony that beset much of our national dialogue. Rev. Sekou’s own music builds upon movement music by the SNCC Freedom Singers, The Staple Singers, and the blues tradition. By accessing the life work of cultural geniuses such Albert Camus, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Sekou unearths the ways in which artists have provided the balm for wounded social justice warriors.

  • God, Gays, and Guns: Religion and The Future of American Democracy

    The recent election has reinvigorated the cultural wars. With the vast majority of white evangelicals supporting President Trump and the rollback civil rights victories, religion will continue to play a key role in our public life. This talk, based on Rev. Sekou’s book, Gods, Gays, and Guns, explores the topics of gay marriage, economic justice, and social movements, taking audiences on a spiritual journey that highlights our current crisis of faith in both religion and democracy. At the heart of this speech is the provocative claim that democracy and God have failed. With unflinching candor, Rev. Sekou will challenge audiences to rethink the meaning of the role of religion in our global democracy.

  • Ferguson

    Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. He trained and co-leader hundreds in militant nonviolent actions in Ferguson. Rev. Sekou attended high school in St. Louis and was ordained at Friendly Temple Baptist Church, taught alternatives to gang violence at local middle schools, and directed a community center at the Cochran Housing Project. In May 2015, Rev. Sekou moved back to St. Louis to focus on organizing against police violence, predatory court systems, and economic and social injustice. He was arrested four times and faced up to a year in prison. His first-hand accounts of the vibrancy of the protest that launched the Black Lives Matter movement are real and rare.

  • Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

    Trained at the Highland Center and tutored by Rev. Dr. James Lawson who Martin Luther King called the greatest nonviolent theorist in the world, Rev. Sekou has trained thousands in the tradition of nonviolent resistance throughout the United States. He is considered one of the leading figures in nonviolent civil resistance. He has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. These workshop-style trainings give organizers understanding of the moral philosophy of militant nonviolent civil disobedience, the real-time tactics, and the infrastructure necessary to support movement leaders who risk arrest.

Rev Sekou Speaker Videos

  • We Comin', Rev. Sekou
    Rev. Sekou performs "We Comin'" at the Oxford American Landmark Sessions, Sept. 2019. Read more about the series here: https://www.oxfordamerican.org/web-only/landmark-sessions-rev-sekou
    Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
    July 10, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- The horns burst, the voices wail and, as if about to launch into a sermon, this author, activist, intellectual, pastor and singer introduces himself: "My name is Rev....

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