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Martin Luther King Leads a 15 Year Long Campaign of Marches and Boycotts


A Baptist preacher from Georgia, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led his fellow African Americans on a fifteen-year campaign of marches and boycotts to overthrow racial segregation in the American South. He followed Gandhi's teachings or non violence.


Martin Luther King dedicated his civil resistance movement to the principles of Ghandian non violence and Christian Love. He was able to boost the morale of the southern African American population and turn spirits and attitudes toward a positive state of mind. Laws and regulations followed, thus ushering in many anti discrimination measures to the benefit of the entire southern region of the United States. In this case, his position as a charismatic leader was crucial. By the time he was murdered, other leaders of the movement were in a position to carry on with the work that he started. Strategies and tactics of Dr. King are well documented and are transferable to other situations.
Location: U.S.A.
Action: Boycott/Strike
Setting: Developed World
Extent of Action: Regional (within a country)
Issues: Human Rights
Year(s): 1950
Outcome successful
Source: Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, St. Marin?


Prepared By: sl 1/02
Rating: 1
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