Civil rights group trumpets global nonviolence program

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Less than two years removed from infighting that nearly crippled it, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is determined to teach the world how to resolve its differences.

The SCLC, which has a chapter in Memphis, has opened conflict resolution centers in Dayton, Ohio, and Israel and has plans for more around the world. The centers are designed to train citizens, police, teachers and community leaders how to solve disputes without violence.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King the third and the Reverend Jesse Jackson were expected to attend a round-table discussion monday.

The Atlanta-based SCLC was founded in 1957 by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior and two associates. It helped organize some of the defining moments of the civil rights era, including the march on Washington in 1963 and the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march two years later.

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