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ERIC Number: ED410334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
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Nonviolent Leadership: A Concept Whose Time Has Passed?
Walker, Randolph Meade
The attitudes of youth in the middle of the 1990s are in often contrast with the those of Martin Luther King, Jr. This paper considers why so many young people have strayed from King's principles. An examination of periodical literature in the 1990s shows that King's family members are among the few voices that still praise his nonviolent methods, and they recognize that a culture of violence has replaced the message of nonviolence. The paper also explores the dichotomy of retaining respect for the man, but not his message. Many of today's young black people respect and look up to the late civil rights leader. They pay homage to his contributions during the annual national holiday held in his honor, but the same youth are not hesitant about criticizing and feeling alienated from King's teachings on nonviolence. The teaching young people have received through schools and society presents peace advocates in a negative light. Nonviolence must be recorded in a positive light, and its accomplishments must be recorded as a component of the historical mainstream. It is especially important that African Americans learn their own history. The only way to evaluate the present plight of black people is to compare it with the past. Nonviolent leadership is not only still relevant, it is needed more than ever. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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