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His trip to India deepened his commitment to non-violent resistance.

In 1959, Dr. King took a trip to the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. After studying Gandhi’s teachings, king tried to figure out a way to apply Gandhi’s peaceful approach to righting societal wrongs in America. On his last day in India, Martin Luther King Jr. communicated, “Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of non-violent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity. Mahatma Gandhi embodied in his life certain universal principles that are inherent in the moral structure of the universe, and these principles are as inescapable as the laws of gravity.”

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