International advocate for disarmament,
racial justice to speak March 30 at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 8, 2000 -- An international leader for disarmament
and racial justice will speak at the University of Rhode Island Thursday,
March 30 at 7 p.m.
Clayton Ramey (Ibrahim Malik Abdil-Mu'id), the peace and disarmament
coordinator for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack, N.Y., will speak
in Room 277 of the Chafee Social Science Center. His talk, "An Ethical,
Nonviolent Foreign Policy, a New Approach to U.S. Foreign Policy and Its
Potential," is free and open to the public.
Ramey's activism began in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the year of the Tet offensive during
the Vietnam War.
That year, he resigned from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the
University of Pennsylvania and read the works of Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm
X, and became submerged in the radical politics of the Black Liberation
After college, Clayton became an organizer for African liberation activities
while serving as a member of the staff of the National Black Economic Development
Conference (BEDC). He represented that group at the United Nations the following
In 1973, he joined the staff of the New York-city based Pan African Skills
Project (PAS), a group sponsored by African-American church leaders. He
worked as a special attache to the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
in Washington, D.C. where he assisted in the recruitment and orientation
of the professional and technical workers. Clayton represented the organization
as a delegate to the Sixth PanAfrican Congress in Tanzania in 1974. He is
currently working on a project to archive historical materials from the
Pan African Skills Project. Clayton later served as a staff member of the
War Resisters League. He embraced the religion of Islam in 1993, and joined
the staff of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1995.
Clayton is a member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and a contributing
editor of its newsletter, As-Salumu Alaykum. He serves on local and
national committees of the American Friends Service Committee, the board
of directors of the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious
Objectors, and the board of directors of the Islamic Social Justice Institute.
He is an active member of the U.S. Nuclear Abolition Campaign.
Clayton has conducted workshops on social issues throughout the United
States, Africa and Asia. His writing s have appeared in The Nonviolent
Activist, Fellowship Peace News, the Syracuse Peace Journal,
Spinn-Radd and As-SalamuAlaykum.
The program is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Visiting Scholars
Committee, the URI John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service,
the University of Rhode Island Athletics Department and the Rhode Island
Committee for Nonviolence Initiative.
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116