Martin Luther King's Non-Violent Civil Disobedience

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said, “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” What Gandhi is saying is that nonviolence is a stronger force than using destructive tools like guns or explosives. He is saying you can achieve your goals without the need to use violence like harming innocent people or causing chaos and havoc. Historical figures like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela used non-violence civil disobedience Although non-violent civil disobedience is the best way to bring change to an unjust system, it is not always successful. Non-violent civil disobedience is always the best choice is always…show more content…
achieved his goals through non-violent disobedience. Like Mohandas Gandhi, he used marches, speeches, and boycotts. What is somewhat different is that he fought against institutionalized racism in the U.S., especially in the South. Martin Luther King Jr. was a social rights activist and achieved his goals successfully, just like Gandhi. One of his famous marches was the March on Washington in 1963. It was the largest political rally ever seen in the U.S. and had between 200,000 and 300,000 police and colored people, in which 80% of the participants were black. In this rally, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Also, one of his famous boycotts he lead was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It started after Rosa Parks, who was a secretary of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, had refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus. She was then arrested after. For 381 days, activists coordinated a bus boycott, which placed a severe economic strain on the public transit system and downtown business owners. This was because the majority of people using the buses were colored people rather than whites.These activists chose Martin Luther King Jr. to be their leader and the official spokesperson for this protest. Because of events like the Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which were non-violent protests, they were able to help bring about such landmark legislations like the

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