Mahatma Gandhi And Martin Luther King Jr.: The Power Of Nonviolent Action by Mary King
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action
Upon his death, Mohandas K. Gandhi protested against racism in South Africa and colonial rule in India using nonviolent resistance. King first encountered Gandhian ideas during his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary. Gandhi was born 2 October , in Porbandar, in the western part of India, to Karamchand Gandhi, chief minister of Porbandar, and his wife Putlibai, a devout Hindu. At the age of 18, Gandhi began training as a lawyer in England. In , he accepted a one-year contract to do legal work for an Indian firm in South Africa, but remained for 21 years.
It's no big secret that Martin Luther King Jr. Although the two never met personally, Dr. King was introduced to Gandhi's teachings while at Crozer Theological Seminary. His first application of the non-violent campaign came in during the Montgomery bus boycott. Here he had a firsthand opportunity to witness the power of a peaceful protest. His conviction to pursue this course of action strengthened during his visit to India.
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Despite storm warnings these people had come to hear him speak; and he, despite other warnings of death threats on his life, had come to rehearse the old dream that he had heard from his forebearers about a new land of freedom and harmony among the peoples of the earth. That fateful evening, with moving oratory and in a panoramic flight of the imagination, he took a poetic excursion through the history of Western civilization. He said that if he had opportunity to live in any of these respective eras, he would have asked the Almighty to let him live in this particular period of history He said he was pleased to live during this chaotic and precarious age because he believed that this was a great moment for the revelation of God's purposes in the world. King said:. So, with wearied brow and the premonition of death surrounding him, in his last public sentences, he, like the prophets and seers of old, spoke of a vision, which is as old as human strivings and embraces a reality that comes from the future.