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7. Gandhi’s Influence on King

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Coretta Scott King on Gandhi’s influence on her husband


“By the time he was assassinated in 1968 my husband had fashioned a black movement powerful enough to shatter forever the practice of racial segregation.

What you may not have read about is where he got his method for resisting injustice without compromising his religious beliefs.

He adopted the strategy of nonviolence from a man of a different race, who lived in a distant country, and even practiced a different religion.

The man was Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader of India, who devoted his life to serving humanity in the spirit of love and non-violence.

It was in these principles that Martin discovered his method for social reform. More than anything else, those two principles were the key to his achievements.”


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