King’s “Walk for Freedom” reflections were the most significant of the documents that I read. It was really the beginning of King expressing the importance of non-violence in the movement that he was becoming involved in. King states that “Love must be at the forefront of the movement if it is to be a successful movement.” He recognizes that in order for the movement to achieve its goals, it must be done through love and non-violence. If blacks stoop to hate and violence, it will only cause whites to hate blacks more. King recognizes that it is going to be a long and painful struggle, but that non-violence is the only was to achieve the desired goals.

The thing that really stood out to me was when King talked about his house being bombed. His wife and baby were there and soon afterwards a large crowd gathered at his home. He had to convince them to react in love. It is so impressive that in such a tramatic experience, King still preached love and non-violence. So many times, people will preach about how things are to be done, but then when they are confronted by a difficult situation, they don’t follow their own advise. This is what really made Kind so impressive.

King not only recognized that violence would be ineffective in the movement, but also that the use of violence was immoral. He says that “not only is violence impractical, but it is immoral.” He goes on to say that, “Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil.” In essence, King is saying that violence will not only ruin the movement, but it will continue the path of making the world a worse place. He is not only trying to achieve the goals of the movement, but he is also trying to bring peace and love to the world.

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