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Through his protests marches and speeches Martin Luther King Jr showed the world how powerful and effective nonviolence is During the late fifties and sixties Martin Luther King Jr charismatic and motivating was an important leader in the African American Civil Rights movement He knew that racism could not be ended with violent protest on the contrary he advocated love and peaceful means of protest Because of his background as a minister King inspired the African American community to join together in peaceful demonstrations The successful protesting strategy of Martin Luther King Jr and his fellow African Americans showed that nonviolent resistance is the best way to promote change in local state and federal government After the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott the civil rights group Montgomery Improvement Association expanded into the Southern Christian Leadership Conference SCLC led by Martin Luther King Jr An African American church-based organization committed to attaining equality the SCLC only used nonviolent methods of protest King and the SCLC believed that peace for African Americans could only be acquired by peaceful means King once said Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend The SCLC chose to use nonviolence because it was ethical and would gain them respect from the people of the nation During Martin Luther King Jrs time as a leader of the Montgomery Improvement Association Kings house was bombed and he was convicted with other bus boycott leaders on charges of conspiring to interfere with bus operations King believed that his suffering and other civil rights activists suffering was unavoidable and must be endured because of their stance of nonviolence King declared We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering We will meet your physical force with soul force We will not hate you but we will not obey your evil laws We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer The Montgomery boycott of segregated
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