Much to learn from MLK’s non violent techniques

FILE: The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28. The Washington Monument is at right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Not only was Monday President Barack Obama’s second inauguration day it was also Martin Luther King, Jr. day which is always observed on the third Monday in January. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Utah State University History Professor Ross Peterson said it was appropriate that Obama held a Bible that once belonged to Dr. King.

Although there has been a lot of progress since Dr. King’s time, Peterson says there is much more to do. One area, he said, is in Dr. King’s non violent techniques.

“I think as one of his legacies, that you could bring about a legislative and constitutional revolution that was going to fulfill the ‘we the people’ and bring about the necessary change to be inclusive,” Peterson said, “and do it in that short period of time, and have it be primarily non-violent is to me an amazing legacy.”

Peterson said Dr. King never wanted his people to be armed and that was before the easy access to weapons.

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