Sharing the Dream

This website is dedicated to Charlie Walker's story and the Dream he shared with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. I, too, share this Dream: the dream of black and white, brothers and sisters, sitting down at the "table of brotherhood." There will always be conflicts, but we must resolve them without violence. As my dad Charlie would say, “The Christian faith says that we cannot call any man an alien or an enemy. We are all members one of another. From this viewpoint we see nonviolence is not just a weapon to fight for freedom. It is the way we are called to live—all of us—who would serve Him who said: ‘Follow me.’”

August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC, I was a teenager when I heard Martin Luther King Jr. say in his rich Southern accent, “I have a Dream today!” It came through the speakers, reached across the reflecting pool from the Lincoln Memorial and electrified my being! Those words changed my perspective on life. To this day, I remember his inspiring and prophetic vision and his ability to change people's lives! Brenda-MissWestChester-small


Black History Month Event

William and Brenda spoke at a Black History Month service at a Niles church February 28, with the theme, “Looking Back to Move Ahead.” One purpose of the meeting was to bring both Black and white Niles communities together.


Where to Purchase A Quaker Behind the Dream

A Quaker Behind the Dream is available on-line from Quaker Books of Philadelphia. Also available from Amazon.com.

Click here to order from Quaker Books.

Click here to order from Amazon.


Don't forget, Organizing for Nonviolent Direct Action is still available on Amazon!

Organizing for Nonviolent Direct Action: on Amazon

Charles Walker, seeing the need for a guide to help people seeking to make changes in their communities,wrote this, the first manual on organizing for nonviolent direct action for the American Civil Rights Movement. 


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Brenda book launch

Book Launch at Niles Library

Brenda Walker Beadenkopf’s book launch and signing for A  Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement, Volume 1 1920-1955, was held at the Niles District Library October 29, where the local author, speaker and workshop leader told about the inspiring true story of her father, a trainer and organizer in nonviolent direct action and his involvement and correspondence with Martin Luther King.