Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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Nonviolence: An Interpretation, No. 1, 1963

JULIAN BOND

We are holding nonviolent workshops in the smaller Delta towns. Several people in Shaw have on their own asked us to tell them how to go about registering. We have mentioned voting only [in] passing. We have been working on the theory that if you can make a man feel like a whole person and realize his own worth and dignity and if you make him understand his plight better, he will want to vote on his own account.

-- from a SNCC secretary in the Mississippi Delta

The adherents of nonviolence as a means to achieve social change fall into two categories. One group, containing most of the activists working in the south today, believes in and has seen the proof of nonviolent direct action as an effective means of protests and as a method of achieving change. The other group, smaller in number, believes in nonviolence not only as a tactic, but as a way of life and a philosophy of living. (Let us realize here that no social action method in and by itself is sufficient to successfully integrate the nation's

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