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"Survival of the Fittest?": How History Courses Can Debate this Idea Through Dr. King's Leadership

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The celebration of diversity is not welcome in the “Survival of the Fittest.”

This workshop, "Survival of the Fittest?": How History Courses Can Debate this Idea Through Dr. King's Leadership, will help reinvestigate academically appropriate ways in the Western Tradition as they relate to the presentation of leadership values, "natural" values, and changing definitions of "equality." I will share some actual lesson ideas that provide faculty and students with an appropriate vehicle to incorporate a modern Western vision of leadership on non-violence through Dr. King, followed with an acknowledgement of the influence of Gandhi on Dr. King's vision. Together, we will explore how students can react, and strategies for how to open up a dialogue on new understandings of power, leadership, and strategies that are based on concepts of "brotherhood" and "sisterhood" and not fragmented and separate societies.

Some students are in the "bigger is better" mode - big money, big houses, expensive cars, expensive clothes, and an expensive, status world. When I ask students whether King's vision of leadership would be considered "fit" in the Social Darwinian sense, or if the definition of leadership should change to incorporate more of a Kingian construct, there is sometimes complete silence. King's and Gandhi's examples are powerful opposites that require students to stop and re-examine their values, and this process can indeed be quite powerful.

By highlighting the historical accomplishments, speeches, and actions of Gandhi and King, we can look at how having a different leadership view might have changed historical outcomes.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Non-Violence, Gandhi, Darwin, Spencer, Survival of the Fittest, Racism, Power, Leadership
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Kozel, Sue. ""Survival of the Fittest?": How History Courses Can Debate this Idea Through Dr. King's Leadership" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 93rd Annual Convention, Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, Oct 01, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p273460_index.html>

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Kozel, S. , 2008-10-01 ""Survival of the Fittest?": How History Courses Can Debate this Idea Through Dr. King's Leadership" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 93rd Annual Convention, Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p273460_index.html

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Abstract: The celebration of diversity is not welcome in the “Survival of the Fittest.”

This workshop, "Survival of the Fittest?": How History Courses Can Debate this Idea Through Dr. King's Leadership, will help reinvestigate academically appropriate ways in the Western Tradition as they relate to the presentation of leadership values, "natural" values, and changing definitions of "equality." I will share some actual lesson ideas that provide faculty and students with an appropriate vehicle to incorporate a modern Western vision of leadership on non-violence through Dr. King, followed with an acknowledgement of the influence of Gandhi on Dr. King's vision. Together, we will explore how students can react, and strategies for how to open up a dialogue on new understandings of power, leadership, and strategies that are based on concepts of "brotherhood" and "sisterhood" and not fragmented and separate societies.

Some students are in the "bigger is better" mode - big money, big houses, expensive cars, expensive clothes, and an expensive, status world. When I ask students whether King's vision of leadership would be considered "fit" in the Social Darwinian sense, or if the definition of leadership should change to incorporate more of a Kingian construct, there is sometimes complete silence. King's and Gandhi's examples are powerful opposites that require students to stop and re-examine their values, and this process can indeed be quite powerful.

By highlighting the historical accomplishments, speeches, and actions of Gandhi and King, we can look at how having a different leadership view might have changed historical outcomes.


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