The role of Martin Luther King

Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement adopted tactics of non-violence, peaceful protest and civil disobedience.

The video below looks at Martin Luther King's opinion on non-violent protest.

King believed that if a law was wrong then the citizens of the country had the right to protest against that law.

Dr. Martin Luther King making his "I have a dream" speech
Dr Martin Luther King making his "I have a dream speech"

He outlined his vision of non-violence when speaking during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

He said, in our protest there will be no cross burnings. No white person will be taken from his house by a hooded Negro mob and brutally murdered. There will be no threats or bullying.

He saw high numbers of arrests as an opportunity to gain even more publicity.