Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Legacy Of Civil Disobedience

787 Words4 Pages
The Legacy of Civil Disobedience Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-rule in the 1900s. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence, and inspired many movements as well as civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Activist Martin Luther King Jr. studied Gandhi’s work and the use of civil disobedience which made an tremendous influence on him and how he should go about protesting in the civil rights movement on racial discrimination in 1954. Gandhi and King were two activist leaders who led many movements. Although they were ages and generations apart, both men conveyed remarkable similarities in there use to display civil disobedience by the use of passive resistance and many other nonviolent methods.…show more content…
The use of Passive Resistance was one of their ways to display peace. Gandhi believed that Passive resistance was a way to ensure peace and also to secure rights. “ Passive Resistance is a method of securing rights by personal suffering, it is the reverse of resistance by arms.” Gandhi thought that if you use Passive Resistance the government couldn’t take the rights you do have but also he thought that passive resistance was a way to disobey unjust laws in a nonviolent way. King believed in that as well. King believed that Passive Resistance is for men to react to unjust law in a nonviolent way. “ One has not a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” King thought that you should obey the laws but when laws are unjust you should disobey them in a passive resistance way. Both Gandhi and King had similar ways of displaying peace in a passive resistance
Open Document