Kingian Nonviolence Defined

In recent history, nonviolence has come to be recognized as a significant alternative for groups, communities, and whole societies to effectively deal with the conditions they face locally, nationally, and internationally. During the 20th century, the successful social movements of Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King in the United States led to the publics realization of completely new dimensions of nonviolent conflict reconciliation. This approach does not depend on major material or technological instruments, but utilizes skills and methodologies.**


Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems. This approach is critical if the epidemic of violence is to be eradicated.


Often mistaken for being simply the absence or opposite of violence, Nonviolence is, rather, a systematic framework of both conceptual principles and pragmatic strategies to reduce violence and promote positive peace at the community, national, and global levels.

Nonviolence is not new.  Its efficacy has been proven historically across many situations in many different cultures.  (Some recent examples include the democratic dissent that produced the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the independence movements in several countries of Eastern Europe and the end to Apartheid in South Africa.) And, as the world moves into a new century, Nonviolence is increasingly being recognized as the only real option for stemming the tide of violence.

Recognizing the transforming power of Nonviolence and the evident need for children to be raised in an environment that is safe, nurturing and just, twenty-one Nobel Peace Laureates gathered petitions to present to the United Nations in December, 1997.  On November 10, 1998, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously proclaimed the first decade of the 21st century, the "Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence."  It is proposed that during this period nonviolence practitioners would intensify their efforts to share their knowledge and would put forth action plans that address the many forms of violence that exist in society today.  


**The Leaders Manual: A Structured Guide and Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence: The Philosophy and Methodology”, 1995, Bernard LaFayette, Jr. and David C. Jehnsen

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

- Mohandus Gandhi


“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.  Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.