David C. Jehnsen is a social change activist, organizer and educator in adult education for democracy based on his early age experiences in the Church of the Brethren and stimulated by his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1962 Albany, Georgia, Movement.
Jehnsen has been on a mission since 1962 to develop and institutionalize programs and leadership education opportunities, including research, training and education, and public information, regarding propositions of the democratic way of life, Kingian nonviolence, and the values and practice of democratic social change. Since 1978, Jehnsen has been chair and founding trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities.
He also co-authored, along with Bernard LaFayette, Jr., “The Leaders Manual- A Structured Guide and Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence: The Philosophy and Methodology.” The program is designed to provide a general introduction to the foundational skills and information of Kingian nonviolence conflict reconciliation basic to understanding issues and problems facing individuals, groups, communities and nations.
Jehnsen received a master’s degree in education (Ed.D.) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1977 and completed coursework and qualifying paper for an Ed.D. at Harvard.