Season For Nonviolence – Part Two

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Webster’s Definition of Peace

Freedom from war internal or external
Tranquility a calm state, free of disturbance or noise
A state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety
Harmony freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups.

We reference the word peace is so many ways:

The Nobel Peace prize…Go in peace…Be at peace…I am peace…Peace be still…See Peace…Peace of Mind…Peacetime…Keep the peace…I leave you in peace…Make peace…Stand up for peace…Peaceful existence…Rest in Peace. And various personal greetings. There are many peace greetings in different languages such as Shalom…Salaam…Hotep (Kemetic) & Paz (Spanish),

The Are Numerous Peace Warriors:

Martin Luther King, Jr. –

Quote: Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Marching through Selma Alabama or conducting a sit in at a lunch counter.

Or when he Marched in Selma Alabama or Washington DC Martin didn’t allow people’s reactions to change the journey…the focus was always peace.

Given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Mahatma Ghandi –

Quote: Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

Gandhi begins a “fast unto death” to protest the British government’s treatment of India’s lowest caste “untouchables …the focus was still peace.

South Africa where he organized a campaign of “passive resistance.”

He is still the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century.

Gandhi was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and, finally, a few days before he was murdered in January 1948.

Cesar Chavez –

Quote: “I am convinced that the truest act of courage…is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.”

Chávez embraced the ideals of Mohandas Gandhi, he never saw violence as the solution to any problem.

We will always remember the rallying cry of the United Farm worker, the UFW, “Si se pueda!” (“Yes We Can!”)

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