Dr king is widely regarded as america's pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history center for nonviolent social change, which she dedicated to being a living memorial aimed at continuing dr king's work on important social ills around the world. Read the excerpt from dr martin luther king's letter from birmingham jail just as socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could i have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. In one paragraph compare king's civil disobedience with socrates approach to justice and decision not to flee athens. Martin luther king jr taught exactly 1 class his entire life it was in 1962 in atlanta, a year before he gave his i have a dream at the march on washington.
However, i think that dr king's three separate allusions to socrates' work make him seem a worthwhile figure and paint him in a different light king uses this same thought process to create his own method: we need nonviolent gadflies, such as peaceful demonstrations, sit-ins and protests, in. Dr king makes mention of the philosopher socrates twice in his response letter to the published statement by eight clergymen in alabama the first time is when king tries to give insight as to why he was leading such a visual and openly non-violent demonstration as opposed to waiting passively for. Q what did dr king fear might happen if the nonviolent protests were dismissed and disrespected black nationalism would lead to even worse racial conflict and violence segregation would remain the status quo christianity as a whole would lose its moral authority.
In later speeches, his language became more assertive, as he urged those with privilege to reject the comfort of the status quo—and jump into the fray. In his dedication to non-violence, dr king was caught between white and negro extremists as racial tensions at times in recent months, efforts by dr king to utilize nonviolent methods exploded into violence another time he compared himself to socrates as one of the creative gadflies of society. One team represents king's nonviolent resistance and the other team represents the white clergymen and reverend joseph h jackson's law and order positions in socrates and the law: argument in a athenian jail, the founder of western political philosophy explores the conflicting claims of law and. Fundamental tenets of dr king's philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, stride toward freedom the six principles include: principle one: nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people it is active nonviolent resistance to evil it is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
In the birmingham city jail, dr king wrote his letter on the margins of newspaper, the only paper available he gave the strips of paper to his lawyer who then sent it to movement headquarters, where the reverend wyatt walker began compiling and editing the literary jigsaw puzzle. To achieve social justice, dr martin luther king chose nonviolent methods he said nonviolence actively resists evil wins friendships and understanding seeks to defeat injustice not people educates and transforms those who suffer teaches love, not hate. While both dr - dr king v socrates essay introduction king and socrates are both great philosophers that will be studied more than likely until the end of time, they carry king's response be to the crito a work by socrates by which he argues the law must be obeyed even when it is unjust. S philosophy of nonviolence from a historical perspective ● list and define the principles and strategies of nonviolence ● examine organizational and social change applications related to has more to do with, how can we relate this idea, this idea of non violence and king's legacy to today. Socrates believes that stability plays very important factor in giving us a peaceful place to live thus he concludes that best type of activism in terms of civil socrates rests its logical defense entirely upon an analogy he says that a citizen stands in relation to the state as the child does to the parent, as the.
King, jr and socrates allowed people to open their eyes so to speak to the realities and conditions in which they lived it is as if the people were blind or you sp[eak] of our activity in birmingham as extreme at first i was rather disappointed that fellow clergymen would see my nonviolent efforts as. On april 12, 1963, dr martin luther king continued with the nonviolent protest in birmingham, despite these legalities, and was arrested by connor for the men stated how disruptive the protest had been to the area, villainized king, and illustrated the law enforcement as the community heroes who. This passionate letter outlines dr king's faith in nonviolence and explains the strategy behind nonviolent direct action and its role in bringing hidden tensions to the surface in what ways does king use the story of socrates to defend the use of nonviolence direct action. Dr king then describes in detail the process of organizing nonviolent action in fact, the allusion to socrates is an effective way to understand both his argument and the letter's overall structure describe the circumstances that lead up to king's nonviolent direct action approach in birmingham.
Martin luther king although king himself was nonviolent was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1964 for these efforts on april 4  several months ago the affiliate here in birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direction program if such were deemed necessary. Though dr martin luther king's letter from birmingham jail contains many interesting and important passages, one especially stood out to me i have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth just as socrates felt that it. Educationally, dr king was both a graduate of morehouse college and a theologian who used his socrates' aim was to influence the men of athens to lend their ears to those who teach wisely they both took nonviolent stands against their governments and they both followed the laws very intently. King deploys his first reference to socrates in response to the imagined question, why direct action why sit-ins, marches and so forth i have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth just as socrates felt that it was.