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    Eloquent he certainly was, but much more impressive to me was how he worked -- in concert with may other strong personalities/leaders, such as Bayard Rustin (a Quaker who had traveled in both India and Africa and who, in 1956 provided MLK with lots of practical advice on how to apply Gandhi's approach and who was the principle architect of the March on Washington), James Beval, Diane Nash, John Lewis and Bob Moses at both SCLC and SNCC.  

    What is particularly impressive was the discipline these visionaries were able to forge in the movement -- in the face of beatings and killings -- to keep it non-violent.  Recognizing the power of non-violence is important, but  managing to execute that strategy is a rare bird indeed.

    One of the great failings of the anti-war movement -- inspired as it was by the civil rights struggle -- was that it did not manage to remain non-violent in the face of jailings, beatings and murder.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Tue Jan 15, 2008 at 01:25:01 PM PST

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