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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. espoused six principles of non-violence

Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech.
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They are, number one, nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

Number two, nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.

Number three, nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.

Number four, nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.

Number five, nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

And number six, nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

King's leadership of the civil rights movement never veered from these principles. I believe that those who are protesting on college campuses around the country could learn a great deal by studying King's principles and following his method for altering attitudes. There is a reason King is held in such high regard, and the tenets he stood for have not changed. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.


Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.