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Greg Sullivan FS Peace and Justice 5 November 2007 Prof. Cernosia The Head, Heart and Hand of Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to Nineteen Sixty Five and the civil rights movement, America faced a horrible trouble. The struggle of hatred between races plagued us for numerous years, despite the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation roughly Two Hundred years preceding. Unfortunately the hatred of racism stems from ignorance and many people, wanted to turn to violence to “control” the segregation between races. Only few understood that it would not be violence that would change the civil discrimination, but it would be a nonviolent, spiritual movement for everyone to learn, accept and understand the beauties of our neighbors around us, no matter what color they might be. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the people who understood, and used nonviolence through the philosophy of heart, head and hand to help lead to the end of civil discrimination. King incorporated all three components of head, heart, and hand in his peacemaking which made his attempt at non violence universal and very effective. His Head and depth of knowledge shined in his communication with his people. It was in his Heart where he relied on using religion to transform himself and his movement into a non violent resistance that was making a difference. And his Hand was shown in what King did through action to help change the civil rights movement.
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The vast depth of knowledge that King held in his Head was remarkable and important in shaping him into a great pacemaker who would help in the push for civil rights. At the age of Sixteen, King was enrolled at Morehouse College where he studied many influential peacemakers including Gandhi. King embraced Gandhi’s idea of Satyagraha and he used his depth of knowledge to recognize it was the best way to protest non-violently. “Now Gandhi showed him a means not only of harnessing his anger, but of channeling it into a positive and creative force.” (Oates 1982, p. 32) The idea of a non-violent protest stuck with King. He being a Christian, and eventually a preacher, played into his involvement with non-violent protest and he knew using non- violence in civil rights activities would bring change to the south. King was also very knowledgeable in the way he communicated to his listeners.
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course FS 101 taught by Professor Cernosia during the Fall '07 term at St. Michael.

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