The activists trained by CORE in Fellowship houses and elsewhere went on to train SNCC and antiwar protestors during the 1960s. By “living in the future” they helped enact that future, however imperfect.
This lecture explores how utopian ideas and practices shaped the long civil rights movement. As early as the 1920s there were significant experiments in interracial communalism at labor colleges, folk schools, and urban and rural cooperatives. By the 1940s members of the Congress of Racial Equality and the Fellowship of Reconciliation living in interracial utopian communities began to actively train activists in radical nonviolence. By living cooperatively and communally activists envisioned a future with full racial equality and economic justice.