The fact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, having been such an advocate for the importance of taking a non-violent stance against injustices, was not lost on me. As I read “The Power of Nonviolent Action” by Martin Luther King Jr., I am reminded of his great compassion, strong convictions, and his deep faith. The concept of resisting oppression through non-violent action was not new by any means, but it the face of tyranny – particularly for black men, women, and children in the south – it was brave. King discusses the importance of challenging injustice, not only through non-violent action, but through resisting prejudicial practices in the face of violence. It is this ‘we will not use violence to fight, but we will not move until we are heard’ strength which rings clear, as King wrote: “A mass movement exercising nonviolence is an object lesson in power under discipline… if such a movement attained a degree of strength, it would use its power creatively and not vengefully.” (2017/1958, p. 275).
As I consider the words of Dr. King, I understood that he was not only talking about bringing racial injustices to light but injustice 'period!' We see it all over the world today through a variety of nonviolent stances, movements such as: #metoo, black lives matter, and climate reform protests, and so on. Engaging society in a call for action allows us to create action without violence. By fighting with our non-violent deeds, our words, our courage, we resist cruelty as the means for change and we take the stance in favor of peaceful revolution.