The Four Elements of Dr. King's Philosophy

Martin Luther King Jr. in thought

[Posted by M. Bogen, 2-1-13] In doing some research for our upcoming book featuring Daisaku Ikeda in dialogue with historian Vincent Harding, I came across this wonderful, concise summary of the four dimensions of the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. posted at the King Center website. In addition to a discussion of what King called "the triple evils" of poverty, racism, and militarism," this resource lists the six principles of nonviolence (for example, "nonviolence is a way of life for people of courage"), and the six steps of nonviolent social change (information gathering, education, personal commitment, negotiation, direct action, and reconciliation). The fourth element is the effort to create "the beloved community" on a global scale. The King Center was founded in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Dr. Vincent Harding was its first director. Read about The King Philosophy here.

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