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Proving Martin Luther King Right

Posted by Ryan Hall
01.20.16

Martin Luther King Day was celebrated in the United States on Monday Jan 18th. It is a day to remember King and the civil rights movement he helped build, but it also brings discussion about the power of nonviolence, King’s primary method for social change.

On Monday, The Washington Post published an article by Erica Chenoweth, who also attended our recent Campaign Nonviolence National Conference last August in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She writes about her work studying nonviolent movements and elaborates further on her research since the 2011 publication of her book with Maria Stephan called Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.

In this book they write that, “campaigns of nonviolent resistance had succeeded more than twice as often as their violent counterparts when seeking to remove incumbent national leaders or gain territorial independence.”

In the Post article she examines what has been learned over the past five years and finds that nonviolent campaigns are becoming much more common and still succeeding more often than violence.

As we continue to build Campaign Nonviolence and strengthen the infrastructure for a nonviolent culture, this kind of research is an incredibly powerful tool and we encourage you to read Chenoweth’s full article on The Washington Post here.

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