As a theologian, Martin Luther King reflected often on his understanding of nonviolence. He described his own “pilgrimage to nonviolence” in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom, and in subsequent books and articles. “True pacifism,” or “nonviolent resistance,” King wrote, is “a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love” (King, Stride, 80). Both “morally and practically” committed to nonviolence, King believed that “the Christian doctrine of love operating through the Gandhian method of nonviolence was one of the most potent weapons available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom” (King, Stride, 79; Papers 5:422).
King presides and J. H. Jackson gives the address at the closing mass meeting of the Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change at First Baptist Church.
On the first anniversary of the bus boycott, King presides over an institute seminar on “Nonviolence and the Social Gospel.”
King offers remarks at a public forum held at Bethel Baptist Church, part of the weeklong Institute on Nonviolence.
At Holt Street Baptist Church, King delivers the opening address, titled “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” at the MIA’s weeklong Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change.
King presides at an MIA mass meeting at Hutchinson Street Baptist Church. This meeting includes a training session in nonviolence led by King as well as the premiere of the FOR-produced film about the bus boycott, Walk to Freedom.