Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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Why did Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders support nonviolence as a strategy for civil rights demonstrations?

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Martin Luther King, Jr. did not believe that violent acts would solve any of the issues relating to equality. He actually advocated against violence. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very ethical man who passionately believed that all people should be treated as equals. He organized many protests, sit ins, etc. and believed that more could be accomplished through educating people rather than scaring people. This attitude attracted many followers of many different races. He certainly had a tremendous impact on equality in America and still does to this day.

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The first thing to remember about Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders during that time, was that they were Christian ministers and leaders.  I think that, above all other reasons, was why those leaders chose the path of non violent resistance.  Martin Luther King, Jr., was an educated man and was able to see how successfully peaceful, non violent protest worked with Gandhi in India in their struggle for...

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