What Would The Mahatma/King Do?

MLK and Gandhiji
MLK and His Portrait of Gandhiji. ForUSA.Org

He was introduced to the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi (by Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University) while still a seminary student in Pennsylvania.

It would profoundly shape his philosophy of nonviolent social protest.

“As I read, I became deeply fascinated by his campaigns of nonviolent resistance,” King would later write. “As I delved deeper into the philosophy of Gandhi, my skepticism concerning the power of love gradually diminished, and I came to see for the first time its potency in the area of social reform.”

“The Christian doctrine of love, operating through the Gandhian method of nonviolence, was one of the most potent weapons available to the Negro in his struggle for freedom.”

Today we celebrate the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the Reverend’s noble, unwavering commitment to passive-resistance.

Check with your local area civic centers to find out how you can make it a day of service.

January 15, 2007
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