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MLK’s non-violent philosophy as the best antidote to injustice

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At a time of turmoil in our nation, the Gospel-based non-violent principles of Dr. King provide a framework for uniting believers to work for social justice. But we must be deliberate about working collectively to follow, teach, and promote these principles as a new wineskin for our social witness in the Digital Age.

Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D. was raised by a single mother in a section of Spanish Harlem with the highest rate of violent crime in New York City. When Dr. Daniels was eight years old, his mother was the victim of a serious violent crime that left her partially disabled. She went on welfare and remained on a welfare income for the remainder of her life.

After attending inner-city public schools in New York City, Daniels received a full scholarship to Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1985. He later received a Public Interest Law Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he obtained both his law degree and a Master’s in Public Administration. He was subsequently awarded a doctoral fellowship in American Politics to study judicial policymaking and the rule of law at Brandeis University.

After launching an online video portal in partnership with venture capital specialist Sequoia Capital, the lead backer of YouTube and Google, Dr. Daniels received a major Templeton Foundation grant to found Good of All, an international public education movement dedicated to promoting universal human rights in the Digital Age. Building from an initial base in South Korea, Good of All has launched a half dozen academic centers on three continents and has reached over 18 million people online. Coursework includes "Civil Rights—Our Global Lineage", a one semester course for high school students on civil rights based on MLK's non-violent philosophy. The goal of the course is to build empathy in students by inspiring them to think and talk about why and how to pursue the greater good of global civil rights. Click here to download the course description.

Dr. Daniels is the Founder & Co-Director of the Center for Law and Digital Culture at Brunel Law School in London, England, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea. He has also served as an affiliate faculty member at the George Mason University School of Business in Washington, DC, where he developed a course on the protection of human rights online together with a team of faculty from GMU Law School and the GMU School of Business.

Dr. Daniels also founded Human Liberty, a non-profit human rights education movement to raise awareness of extreme human rights violations in countries such as North Korea. Human Libertyconceived and funded the launch of an academic center at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies and has developed educational videos documenting the suffering of North Korean refugees and labor camp survivors. Human Liberty also recruited Hogan Lovells, a leading global law firm, to produce an independent legal opinion on genocide by the North Korean regime that received extensive coverage in the UK, US and Korea and was the subject of Congressional hearings in 2014.

At the Institute of World Politics, Daniels is the Chair of Law & Human Rights and Founder of the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs. He teaches a course on Human Rights and Counter-Radicalization.

Mr. Anthony Jones is Associate Provost/Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Management at Howard University in Washington, DC. In this capacity he oversees the units of Admissions, Enrollment Services, Enrollment Systems, Student Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounts. His responsibility includes providing strategic direction to the University enrollment objectives and administering a budget of over $300 million in operational and student aid funds.

Anthony has appeared on Fox New-Los Angeles and been quoted in publications such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, US News & World Report, HR Executive Magazine, India Management Magazine and Ebony. He has spoken nationally to such groups as the American Council on Education, General Electric, Illinois Association of Educational Opportunities Program Personnel, Society for Human Resource Management, University of California at Berkeley, National YMCA Black Achievers and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. To help individuals maximize their life experience, Anthony has also published the book and workbook, Success by Design: Becoming the Person You Were Destined to Be.

Along with serving at Howard, Anthony has administered as Director of Global Diversity at the Convergys Corporation and led recruitment for INROADS, Inc. as the National Director for Recruitment Services with clients including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM. Pertaining to the Higher Education industry, Anthony functioned as Vice-President of Enrollment Management at both Fisk University and DePauw University.

Anthony has been a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Executive Leadership Academy, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Reaffirmation Committee, and Committee Chair for the National Association of College, Deans, Registrars and Admission Officers, along with other professional organizations. He is the recipient of the Lafourche Education Foundation Distinguish Graduate Award, Most Outstanding Employee Renaissance Award of Fisk University, and the Education Equal Opportunity Group, Save-A-Student Award.

Anthony has been active in the community, serving as a member of the board for Mercy Health Partners Hospital System, Leadership Ohio, Cincinnati Music Hall's May Festival, and the Tommie Lewis, Sr. Scholarship Fund. He was chair of the Development Committee for the Salvation Army of Nashville and chaired fundraising efforts for the $1.5 million Darlene Bishop Home for Life. He is a member of the Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association and has been selected for Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati. Anthony also served as vice-president of the Port Huron Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the Conference Board New York, St. Clair Community College Diversity Committee and Grants Committee for St. Clair County Community Foundation.

Anthony is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fisk University, holds a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University and a certification in Diversity Management from the University of Houston.