Michael True, 1933-2019, RIP

posted by Mike on May 1st, 2019

Michael True, Worcester activist, writer, and educator, has died. His intelligence, diligence, generosity, and kindness will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

His funeral and burial will be in Minnesota. We are told will be a celebration of his life in Worcester June 1 at Mechanics Hall, but no details yet.

Official obituary, Minneapolis Star Tribune

True, Michael Daniel: Lover of life, born in Oklahoma City, OK 11/8/1933 died at 85, on 4/28/2019 in St. Paul, MN. Michael was a prolific writer of books, essays and letters. He was a teacher and activist, loved good conversation, friends, food and music. He grew up in Lawton, OK with his 2 brothers and “Mother and Daddy” whom he cherished. He was a Sooner at Oklahoma University, received his MA in English at the University of Minnesota. Michael met his wife, Mary Pat Delaney, in St. Paul. They married in 1958 at St. Luke’s Parish. Mike went to Duke University for his Ph. D. He spent the majority of his life in his beloved city of Worcester, MA where he taught English, and later Peace Studies at Assumption College (1965-2000).

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Michael True, activist, poet, educator, mourned

Michael True believed in peace, the power of art and poetry, and the worth of his adopted hometown, the city of Worcester.

“But he didn’t just talk about ideas,” said his son, John True. “He implemented them. He was an activist.”

Mr. True, also a renowned author, poet and historian who taught at Assumption College and in classrooms around the world, passed away last week in Minneapolis at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Mary Pat, six children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. True was a central figure in Worcester’s nonviolence community, taking part in protests big and small, for causes well-known and unsung. Those who knew him remembered a man committed to what he believed in, willing to risk health and reputation, and who, despite his illustrious resume, never looked down on anyone.

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508 #146: Nonviolent Solutions

posted by Mike on February 25th, 2011

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican, Paul Ropp, Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, and Michael True.

Audio: mp3 link, other formats, feed

Video: Downloads and other formats

Contact info.
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Book: Justice Seekers, Peace Makers

posted by Mike on June 23rd, 2008

Another Michael True work posted online this week: PDFs from his book Justice Seekers, Peace Makers. Don’t be surprised if some of these chapters show up as future posts on Pie and Coffee.

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929­-1968)
  2. Howard Zinn (1921-)
  3. Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. (1921­-)
  4. Muriel Rukeyser (1913­-1980)
  5. Mulford Sibley (1912­-1989)
  6. Hannah Arendt (1907­-1975)
  7. George Orwell (1903­-1950)
  8. Dorothy Day (1897­-1980)
  9. Ammon Hennacy (1893­-1970)
  10. Wilfred Owen (1893­-1918)
  11. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890­-1964)
  12. Randolph Bourne (1886­-1918)
  13. Bertrand Russell (1872­-1970)
  14. Mohandas Gandhi (1869­-1948)
  15. Eugene Victor Debs (1855­-1926)
  16. Leo Tolstoy (1828­-1910)
  17. Abigail Kelley Foster (1811-1887) and Stephen Symonds Foster (1809-1881)

Video: The American Tradition of Nonviolence

posted by Mike on June 21st, 2008

Here’s a talk on “The American Tradition of Nonviolence” given by Michael True in 2006.

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Audio: The American Tradition of Nonviolence

posted by Mike on June 21st, 2008

Here’s a talk on “The American Tradition of Nonviolence” given by Michael True in 2006.

Download the mp3 or see more formats.

Theorists of Nonviolence: Ballou, Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Sharp

posted by Michael True on June 18th, 2008

Adin Ballou is a truly revolutionary figure, deserving of serious public and scholarly attention. I want to focus on his achievement as a theorist of nonviolence: how his life and writings contributed to a clarification of language and thought in the long effort to find the most suitable name for the concept often called nonviolence.
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New work from Mike True and Dan Berrigan

posted by Mike on April 14th, 2007

Last night I got to listen to some of Father Daniel Berrigan’s new poetry CD, The Trouble with Our State. Listening to the readings helped me make sense of the poems (there was one line about Graham Greene that made no sense until I heard it), and the booklet is packed with beautiful artwork from the likes of Brian Kavanagh and Tom Lewis. The release party is April 27 at the Sixth Street Community Center (East Village, NYC).

The Trouble with Our State

People PowerAlso, I am told that the new book from Mike True (or, as I like to call him, Emeritus Professor Michael D. True, Ph.D. and Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)) is out. It’s called People Power: Fifty Peacemakers and Their Communities. If I get my hands on a copy I’ll review it on Pie and Coffee.

Michael True

posted by Mike on June 24th, 2005

Worcester’s Michael True, an academic and an activist, was profiled this week in Worcester Magazine:

This was a hotbed of abolitionism. The mayor of the city announced that the Fugitive Slave Law would never be prosecuted in the city of Worcester. Imagine if [current mayor] Tim Murray said that we weren’t going to supply any money to Raytheon to build weapons of mass destruction. That’s what it would be like.

Michael is a Quaker and a staunch supporter of his local Catholic Worker community. He’s also a really friendly guy. One day, during a peace demonstration at a busy intersection, a driver stopped her car in front of Michael True, rolled down her window, and shouted at him: “Michael! I want my daughter to go to Assumption College because of you!”
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