The Art of Nonviolence

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Let Nonviolence Paint Itself Art is not limited to just paint and brushes. Art is something that has no boundaries and can be expressed through any sort of medium. It is created to have an impact and have the ability to change someone else. Through art, the dreams of an individual can be made into reality. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream where people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by what they have to offer. He followed the art of nonviolence to make a change and come closer to his dream. Although he was not the first to use nonviolence in order to get closer to what he believed was right, many other movements were derived using the similar styles of nonviolent action. These movements arise when a certain group, fueled by discrimination and oppression, feels a sense of double consciousness where it's inner identity does not agree with what society expects it to be. The art of nonviolent action can be used as a form of resistance against discrimination by using communication, assembly, and commitment as their tools to make a change. The art of nonviolent action is the art of achieving goals through civil disobedience and working against the economy. Many leaders rose through the years, but one man seemed to embody the term of civil disobedience. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent clergyman, activist, and a prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He was seen as a nonviolent icon and practiced the nonviolent teachings of Mahatama Gandhi. In Johan Galtung's article "On the Meaning of Nonviolence", he discusses the various techniques that are seen in most nonviolent movements. King uses several techniques in his movement to bring the system into his favor. King uses economic boycott where the activist "voluntarily abstains from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as
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