NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION IN MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: A PHILOSOPHICAL APPRAISAL

AUTHOR: OBIJEKWU, MATTHEW IKECHUKWU

DEPARTMENT: PHILOSOPHY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.

Violence, from the perspective of the political realists, was seen as the best option for political resolutions. In the world today, violence has topped the world political scenario. This is obvious in some of the political actions taken by the world political powers to checkmate other small nations or countries in the world. Even some individuals believe also that through violence the real nature of man would emerge. Martin Luther King Jr., as much as Mahatma Gandhi of India held the opposite view. Luther strongly believed in the principle of nonviolent revolution. This he carried out to its logical conclusion. He believed that non-violence is an indestructible weapon in the hands of humanity. Using critical and analytic methods. Will assess the value of Martin Luther King, Jr’s philosophy of non-violence so as to appraise its end products such as the restoration of human dignity; human freedom, black equality and social justice which Luther believed are the foundations of brotherhood of all men.

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