Effective Use of Non-Violence by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela

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Throughout history, violent reformation movements were traditionally used, but non-violence has been proven just as effective. Non-violence is the clear distinguisher between right and wrong. When violence is followed by non-violence there is only so much fighting that can go on. Mohandas Gandhi was a known pacifist and a spiritual and political leader of India during the Indian Independence Movement. Gandhi studied law in England before returning to India to fight the caste system by doing chores an untouchable would do. He fought the British Salt Tax by initiating "The Salt March". Nelson Mandela fought the government through non-violence to abolish the apartheid laws in South Africa. Mandela spent almost twenty-seven years in …show more content…
The sit-in was unsuccessful, but it left a lasting impression. Martin Luther King Jr. held the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. He began his famous inspirational speech with "I have a dream..." before the march against racism and discrimination started. Through non-violence and persistence, there were great accomplishments. However, no one ever said that non-violence didn’t come with a criminal record. Gandhi, King, and Mandela each spent great amounts of time in a jail cell just because of their peaceful opposing of laws they felt were not fair to their people. In March, 1930, Gandhi stated that he could never intentionally hurt anything that lives, much less human beings. His goal was to use The Salt March to convert the British people through non-violence and make them see how the salt tax is hurting India. The people who participated in The Salt March never used violence and they never resisted or responded to being beaten with steel clubs by the police. In May, 1952, Nelson Mandela planned the Defiance for Unjust Laws campaign and whether or not it should follow Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence. Many argued for non-violence as the appropriate tactic, as any attempts at violence by them would be crushed. In April, 1952, Mandela explained to a group of several hundred Africans, Indians, and Colored that volunteering for the Defiance of Unjust Laws campaign would be a dangerous duty. The group would be intimidated, imprisoned, and even

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