Lecture: (Re)Discovering the Tradition of Social Activism in D.C.

Leah Richardson, public services, research, and instruction librarian, GW Gelman Library

Mitch Snyder (1943-1990) was a radical advocate for the rights of homeless people, and leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence in Washington, D.C. Much is known about his advocacy and radical political protests, but less is known about the profound transformation that Snyder experienced while in prison when he met the radical Catholic priests (and brothers) Philip and Daniel Berrigan.

This talk will focus on the lesser known story of Mitch Snyder's experience and early acts of radical resistance that took place while he was an inmate at the Danbury Federal Correctional facility. The information about Mitch Snyder's life and work shared in this talk is drawn exclusively from the materials in the Mitch Snyder collection housed in the Special Collections Research Center of the Gelman Library at the George Washington University. 

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required.