Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous proponent of peaceful protest. What many people don’t realize is that the civil rights leader took a long time to come around to recognizing nonviolent resistance as a powerful tool for social change.
As a college student, King was skeptical of the power of love to cure social ills. He believed that the problem of American segregation could only be solved with an armed revolt.
But later King became fascinated with Mahatma Gandhi’s campaigns of nonviolent resistance. As King delved deeper into Gandhi’s teachings, his skepticism gradually diminished.
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