DR. KING'S PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE
The Six Steps of Social Change:
- Information Gathering
- Personal Commitment
- Discussion / Negotiation
- Direct Action
(from The King Center.org)
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
- It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
- It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
- The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
- The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
- Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
- The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit, as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
- The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.