Martin Luther King's Philosophy

By: Jacqueline Bedolla

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Dr. Martin Luther King had a few philosophies throughout the civil rights movement. They included Triple Evils, Six Principles of Nonviolence, Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change, and The Beloved Community. The triple evils were forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle of poverty, racism and militarism. Six principles of nonviolence are the nonviolence of suffering, love, justice, evil, courage's people, and the ending of nonviolence to end redemption and reconciliation. The six steps of nonviolent social change are said to be information gathering, education, personal commitment, discussion/negotiation, direct action and reconciliation. as for the beloved community although it was a term from the 20th century king had the term be invested with deeper meaning. The beloved community was an achievable goal that can be attained by critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and the methods of nonviolence, this is a global vision of where people can share the wealth in the world where poverty hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated, this was a world at peace.

Accomplishments & Facts

King had a strong belief in nonviolent protests to help set the tone of the movement. Boycott, protests and marches later became effective, and most of the legislation passed against racial discrimination. Because of his strong belief in non violent protest and his belief in in the ability to make man kind to live in peace, this slowly lead to his accomplishments; he gave his famous i have a dream speech, he was instrumental in establishing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957 and provided leadership of 1955 on the Montgomery bus boycott.