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Opinion: Recommitting to Dr. King’s nonviolent teaching
Jared Loggins refers to MLK's nonviolent approach to change saying it is more than marching, " Nonviolence is an attitude."
April 12th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: Recommitting to Dr. King’s nonviolent teaching

Editor’s Note: Jared Loggins is a Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Scholar and political science major at Morehouse College.

By Jared Loggins, Special to CNN

(CNN) – As an entire nation marked the anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last week, members of the Morehouse College community came together not just to celebrate the life of a man, but to mark the continuance of the nonviolent revolution Dr. King helped to promulgate .

As we all continue to further develop our understanding of what it means to live in a truly peaceful and nonviolent world, we must do so even amidst a culture of racism, militarism and materialism. As costly wars rage around us; as weaponless young black men are killed for appearing “suspicious,” and even as society continues to drown in material wealth, we must still find a way to move toward living in what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”

This community must be one that embodies multiculturalism; it must look beyond the hue of one’s skin; and it must cease accepting laws that directly conflict with the foundation of America.

Read the full post on CNN's Schools of Thought blog

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  1. raceisamyth

    All Americans need to stop hating black women, and white men. Dont tell me this is not happening. Its all over popular culture

    April 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yahmez

    Nonviolent action puts on a good show for the media. Violent response should be expected, though. Our rights are being whittled away. Look at Occupy Wall St., many went to jail over camping violations. Protest zones, out of the way of those being protested, have little effect. The right to bear arms was originally intended to keep government from getting out of control. Now, if a well organized militia were to meet to discuss bringing down this corrupt government, they could be held indefinitely, without charges, trials, or counsel, as terrorists.
    The main benefit to nonviolent protest is you are less likely to be shot than if you get loud and rowdy and "rise up against the man".

    April 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Define "The Man" for me please.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    The problem with nonviolent resistance is that it only works in countries that have a basic respect for human life. In a totalitarian country, it will only lead to a massacre. Even Gandhi recognized that.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana

      Ralph, you show a superficial knowledge of nonviolence. It is the violent response that makes nonviolence work. Even watching the movie "Ghandi" should have taught you that. You grab your bludgeon and meet me in the streets.

      April 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Well thank God that America is not totalitarian. Ever been to North Korea, or Burma? Im guessing no

      April 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dduke

    James earl was the hero

    April 12, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |