Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence
Nonviolent protest has been an essential part of social and political change in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out six principles of nonviolence in his book Stride Toward Freedom.
- PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
- PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
- PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
- PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
- PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
- PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
For more on Martin Luther King’s philosophy of nonviolence, visit The King Center.