Daily Lessons for Teaching A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr

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Lesson 1 (from Nonviolence and Racial Justice | The Most Durable Power)

Objective

One of the first things one reads when opening up this book is that nonviolence is not for cowards. Today's objective is to discuss the idea nonviolence, what it means, and how it works.

Lesson

1. Have students define what they think nonviolent opposition means.

2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether they think nonviolent action is an effective way to help a cause. Why or why not?

3. As a class, have the students discuss the value of nonviolent action when trying to get someone to change their minds. Is violence ever justified? Why or why not?

4. Homework: Have students decide whether they think nonviolence is something they could support. Why or why not?

5. Homework: Have students make a list of the different ways in which nonviolence could be used in a struggle. What are some of the tools in this practice?

6. Homework: Have the students discuss...

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