By Brenda Walker Beadenkopf
Brenda’s Philadelphia Quaker father, Charles C. Walker, met and corresponded with Dr. Martin Luther King. When and why did they meet? What common beliefs held their friendship? How did they develop the principles, strategies, and tactics of nonviolence used successfully in the movement? Nonviolence sounds like a simple concept, but in the 1950s and 1960s, it became the basis for a complex national movement that changed the face of the nation. Charles Walker was one of the ordinary Americans that helped start that revolution.
Quaker historian and author of A Quaker Behind the Dream, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf works tirelessly to promote her father’s work with Dr. Martin Luther King at conferences and many other venues in the United States and Kenya and has spoken and led workshops about the importance of nonviolence in the successful protests of the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating from Southwestern Michigan College’s journalism program with a 4.0 GPA, she served as editor of the award-winning Berrien County Record newspaper in Buchanan, Michigan, published three books about her father, and has had articles printed in Guideposts, Friends Journal and Highground magazines.