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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative

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In the spirit of bringing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to unincorporated areas of Orange County and surrounding communities, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has created the first Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative. Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to civil rights, nonviolence, and justice for all remains promising in today’s society. Through inclusiveness and collaboration, this initiative will commemorate his work and legacy for years to come.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence

  1. PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence Is A Way Of Life For Courageous People. It is active, nonviolent resistance to evil. It is aggressive [Assertive] spiritually, mentally and emotionally.


  2. PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence Seeks To Win Friendship And Understanding. The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation. The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.


  3. PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence Seeks To Defeat Injustice Not People. Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people. The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.


  4. PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence Holds That Suffering Can Educate And Transform. Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation. Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.


  5. PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence Chooses Love Instead Of Hate. Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body. Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.


  6. PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence Believes That The Universe Is On The Side Of Justice. The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win. Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.

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Office of the Orange County Mayor
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Email: mayor@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-7370

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