To the editor:
One of the most effective tactics Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in the 1950s and 1960s in his efforts to destroy the evil of racism in the United States, especially in the South, was that of nonviolent protest. However great today’s injustice, pain, and suffering may be, we should remember Dr. King’s era and adopt his embrace and application of nonviolence.
In a word, protests lacking King’s wisdom of nonviolence risk demeaning the lives of those recently killed, strengthening the arguments of those adamantly opposed to even the most peaceful, well-integrated, law-abiding protests, and failing to seize this great opportunity to bring more Americans together.
Let’s praise the protesters. But let us show our greatest support to the young and old by reminding them of the potential Dr. King saw in nonviolence, particularly when the basic cause is just.
Booker C. Peek