MLK's Steps to Non-Violence

MLK's Steps of Non-Violence


Step 1: Gather information
Learn all you can about the problems you see in your community through the media, social and civic organizations, and by talking to the people involved.

Step 2: Educate Others
Armed with your new knowledge, it is your duty to help those around you, such as your neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers better understand the problems facing society.  Build a team of people devoted to finding solutions.  Be sure to include those who will be directly affected by our work.

Step 3:  Remain Committed
Accept that you will face many obstacles and challenges as you and your team try to change society.  Agree to encourage and inspire one another along the journey.

Step 4: Peacefully Negotiate
Talk with both sides.  Go to the people in your community who are in trouble and who are deeply hurt by society's ills.  Also go to those people who are contributing to the breakdown of a peaceful society.  Use humor, intelligence and grace to lead to solutions that benefit the greater good.

Step 5: Take Action Peacefully
This step is often used when negotiation fails to produce results, or when people need to draw broader attention to a problem.  It can include tactics such as peaceful demonstrations, letter-writing and petition campaign.

Step 6:  Reconcile
Keep all actions and negotiations peaceful and constructive.  Agree to disagree with some people and with some groups as you work to improve society.  Show all involved the benefits of changing, not what they will give up by changing.