Nonviolence has its roots deep and far
back in history. In 494 BC, the plebians of Rome refused to work for days in order to
address their grievances against the Roman consuls. In 1765-1775, the American
colonists nonviolently opposed the British Rule and its unjust laws such as
the Stamp Acts of 1765, the Townshend Act of 1767 and the Coercive Act of
1774. This resulted in the defacto independence of nine colonies of 1775.
In 1905-1906, nonviolent demonstrations in Russia forced the Czar to
accept the creation of an elected legislature. In 1913-1919 the
demonstrations by the woman's suffrage in United States led to the
Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. In India Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led India
to gain her independence from British rule through the use
of nonviolent means. In the United States Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
became a champion of nonviolence and the U.S. civil rights movement won
passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
this century Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are the
foremost leaders of the Nonviolent movement. Gandhi said "My Life
is My Message".It is with these words that he conveyed the essence of
nonviolence as an active, practical living force, which has to be
incorporated into the very fabric of our being and in our society.
This page contains many links to the
lives and philosophies of these Great Thinkers of Nonviolence and Nobel
Peace Prize winners.
Mahatma Gandhi Resources
Brief History of Mohandas K. Gandhi
Catalog of Gandhi photographs
Gandhi's Words (researched by
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Mohandas K. Gandhi Web Resources
Remembering the Mahatma
The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi: Neither Saint nor Sinner
Dr. Martin Luther King
The King Library and Archives
Martin Luther King, Jr. A LIFE Tribute
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Seattle Times Newspaper
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent
Luther King, Paper Project at Stanford University
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize
Luther King, Jr. Resources 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Resources 2
Luther King, Jr. Timeline
Martin Luther King Day
National Civil Rights Museum
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Teachers &
World History Archives: Martin Luther King
Peace & Peace Prize
Alfred Nobel instituted the Nobel Prize and
the first Prize for Peace was awarded in 1901. This prize has been the
most important as well as controversial of all the prizes awarded. Through
the years the mandate of this prize has been broadened to include, not only
peace activists, international lawyers, humanitarians and statesmen, but
also religious figures, labor leaders and scientists. Both private and
official organizations have been honored. Today the Nobel Peace Prize
symbolizes the struggle to prevent the extinction of man as a species.
Life of Alfred Nobel
Nobel Peace Laureates
Please note this site does not contain
a listing of all of the Great Thinkers of Nonviolence. Please connect to
other sites to obtain more information .