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MLK and the Real Power of Non-violence

January 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes at a poignant moment this year, as the nation reels from the killings in Tucson. An associate of King's at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., says that for King, a posture of non-violence did not mean passivity or weakness.

The Rev. Ron English, Charleston, W.Va., a retired Baptist minister, describes what King told a biographer about feeling overwhelmed after he received a threatening phone call during the Montgomery bus boycott that began in 1955.

"He broke down over a cup of coffee in his kitchen, and he was able to pray out loud. It had him to feel as though what was at his back was something stronger than what was against him."

Today, some Nevadans are volunteering for a King Day of Service 2011. In Reno, for example, people are helping sort and pack food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has defended her use on a website during the last election of what look like rifle sights targeting specific congressional districts. English points out that what King called for is lacking today: a balance between interpersonal compassion and firmness on issues.

"What we have seen is that kind of imbalance where the vitriolic ways of attacking an enemy have left little room for compromise or for tenderness."

English says King believed in a religious notion of redemption that also applied to political life: the idea that people could change and you should keep room for compassion because of that.

"Redemptive suffering has a way of bringing about new awareness. We often go through a period of confusion. But then confusion can lead us to a place of seeing things differently."

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV