Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence

This lesson introduces students to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King's views. After considering the political impact of this philosophy, students explore its relevance to personal life.

Guiding Questions

What was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and can we follow his example today?

Learning Objectives

To examine the philosophy of nonviolence developed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

To consider how this philosophy translated into practice during the Civil Rights Movement.

To explore the relationship between King's teachings on nonviolence and those of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

To reflect on the relevance of nonviolence to one's personal conduct in everyday life.