How Gandhi’s Philosophy Of Nonviolence Influenced MLK

Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife, Coretta King, center wearing sari, pose in the home of Acharya J.B. Kripalani in New Delhi, India on March 10, 1959. The Kings toured India with Gandhi's followers and leaders. From left to right are, Ms. Shanti, personal secretary to Kripalani; Barbara Bristol; Kripalani, considered the best among the interpreters of Gandhi's teachings; Mrs. King; Dr. King; and James E. Bristol, secretary of the local Quaker center, which is sponsoring the Kings' trip.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired many during and after the civil rights movement.

But what’s the origin of King’s philosophy? A look at Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – known to his many followers as Mahatma – and his influence on the civil rights leader.

Ellen Gough, Emory University assistant professor of religion, explains how Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance inspired Dr. King.

Martin Luther King Jr. removes his shoes before entering Mahatma Gandhi’s shrine in New Delhi, India, Feb. 11, 1959. (AP Photo)