Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Paradox of Nonviolence

[When the 35-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago today [December 10], he was the youngest person to ever win that award. Half a century later, it may surprise some that his Nobel was controversial–and that the controversy had nothing to do with his age. King’s strategy of nonviolent direct action met with extreme violence from segregationists. Some blamed him and the civil rights movement for this. “Man of conflict wins a peace prize,” headlined the U.S. News and World Report. Publications like the National Review took King to task for his “violent essence” and “insurrectionary methods.”]

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