What [we need to realize is] that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. . . . It is precisely this collision of immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our time.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr

About Kingian Nonviolence

Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
  2. The Beloved Community is the framework for the future
  3. Attack forces of evil not persons doing evil
  4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve a goal
  5. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence
  6. The Universe is on the side of justice

Six Steps of Kingian Nonviolence

  1. Information Gathering
  2. Education
  3. Personal Commitment
  4. Discussion/Negotiation
  5. Direct Action
  6. Reconciliation

In December 2021, in partnership with the Baltimore Peacebuilders, CMEC sponsored a webinar with Kazu Haga, author of Healing Resistance.

Trainings in Nonviolence

Kingian Nonviolence Training

Our curriculum is based on the Six Principles and Six Steps of Kingian Nonviolence, the fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy as described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The curriculum for this workshop, designed by Dr. Bernard LaFayette and David Jehnsen, has been taught and implemented across the U.S. and in countries around the world, such as Nigeria, Columbia, South Africa, Mexico and the Middle East. Dr. LaFayette was a close friend and confidant of Dr. King, a movement activist, minister, educator, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and director of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign. He is considered a global authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change and has created this curriculum as a response to Dr. King’s mandate that the next step for his work be the institutionalization and internationalization of nonviolence.

In the Kingian Nonviolence 4-Day Core Workshop participants receive an overview of the nonviolence work and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and they explore how this philosophy of nonviolence can be applied to confront injustice and build towards the Beloved Community. By learning and analyzing Dr. King’s Six Principles of nonviolence as well as his Six Step methodology, attendees become familiar with a viable, practical, and historically effective map for how to create lasting social change through nonviolent direct action; and how to dig deep below conflicts to find true reconciliation. Trainees will also be introduced to conflict dynamics: types, levels and strategies for reconciliation. They learn the salient points of major civil rights campaigns, and reflect on the ingredients which made them successful. Using a variety of interactive techniques, participants also reflect together on how to apply teachings in our current environments.

We aim to prioritize people people interested to explore nonviolence as a way of life and nonviolent action to address a social or economic injustice to achieve lasting social change. Both new and established groups and individuals. We request a donation for the training of $15 (scholarships are available).

Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society that you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now.

~ Paul Goodman