On January 14th, community members gathered together on MLK Weekend to honor and learn about Martin Luther King Jr., his activism and impact on race relations in the United States, and create posters relating to King’s nonviolence principles.
King’s notion of nonviolence had six key principles:
- First, one can resist evil without resorting to violence
- Second, nonviolence seeks to win the “friendship and understanding” of the opponent, not to humiliate him
- Third, evil itself, not the people committing evil acts, should be opposed
- Fourth, those committed to nonviolence must be willing to suffer without retaliation as suffering itself can be redemptive
Participants in the workshop were inspired by these principles and additional MLK quotes including “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Posters were created combining these principles with nonviolent messages to promote peace in the community.
Thanks to Repair the World for partnering with us for this event, and thank you to all the community members for joining us in our efforts to change neighborhood norms around gun violence.