Ten commandments of nonviolence

Twitter re-tweets are calling for help with organizing a general strike. I know that these still work! They are the ones used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago.

I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments:

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
  2. Remember always that the non—violent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
  6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
  8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
  9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
  10. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.

I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.




Nearest Relative___________


Besides demonstrations, I could also help the movement by: (Circle the proper items)

Run errands, Drive my car, Fix food for volunteers, Clerical work, Make phone calls, Answer phones, Mimeograph, Type, Print Signs, Distribute leaflets.

Birmingham Affiliate of S.C.L.C.
505 North 17th Street
F.L. Shuttlesworth, President

Commitment card

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

2 responses to “Ten commandments of nonviolence

  1. Charles F. Cooley

    So many ways to work for change without
    hurting those who want to keep things the way they are.

    Nonviolent protests have won many victories against entrenchment. But win or lose, they
    have the advantage of keeping folks on all sides

  2. Pingback: Ten commandments of nonviolence, part 2 « X Contra

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