Introduction

Mary King Gandhi’s shrewd insight that conflict offers an opportunity to rearrange the ingredients that produced it in the first place has yet to be fully appreciated. Yet as more and more groups and societies across the world are able to know of the successful use of nonviolent tools to achieve political goals, it is possible that universal recognition of the worth and practicality of settling conflict without the insertion of violence may also grow. If anything, the inclination is toward greater use of the technique of collective nonviolent action in the twenty-first century. This Web site is about the power and limits of nonviolent civil resistance through the eyes of one of its practitioner scholars.



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“Scholar and Practitioner of Nonviolence: The Life and Work of Mary Elizabeth King,” by Dagmar Wernitznig

July 5, 2017 | News

Scholar and Practitioner of Nonviolence: The Life and Work of Mary Elizabeth King,” by Dagmar Wernitznig, Online Journal of Studies on Women’s Memory (2017)

Soul Music (BBC Radio 4): “A Change Is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke”

October 15, 2016 | Videos and Radio

“A Change Is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke”: Soul Music explores a song that has become synonymous with the American Civil Rights Movement, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come released in December 1964 two weeks after he was shot dead in Los Angeles. Contributors include Sam Cooke’s brother LC, singer Bettye Lavette who sang it for Barack Obama at his inaugural ceremony and civil rights activists from the Freedom Summer of 64, Jennifer Lawson and Mary King.
Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Book Review (Contemporary South Asia): Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924-25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change

August 19, 2016 | News

Eamon Murphy reviews Mary’s book Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India and concludes: “This well-researched and argued volume is highly relevant to scholars of social change and reform in India as well as to a more general readership interested in the theory and practice of non-violent resistance to oppression in other societies.” — Contemporary South Asia, vol. 24, no. 2 (August 19, 2016), 213-14

Radio Documentary (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict): “Civil Resistance: The Power of the People”

August 1, 2016 | Videos and Radio

“Civil Resistance: The Power of the People”: A 51-minute radio documentary that has been airing on the show America Abroad on National Public Radio stations around the United States since May. Mary is the third person to speak.

Book Review (Journal of Resistance Studies): Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924-25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change

March 25, 2016 | News

Book Review (Economic & Political Weekly): Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924-25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change

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Changing Hearts and Minds through Non-violent Protest?, an article by David Hardiman for the Economic & Political Weekly, Dec 19, 2015.

Video: Webinar: Learning from Gandhi, a Campaign against Untouchability, and Human Error

October 27, 2015 | News

Mary Elizabeth King, “Webinar: Learning from Gandhi, a Campaign against Untouchability, and Human Error,” International Center for Nonviolent Conflict, October 27, 2015. Go to https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/learning-from-gandhi-a-campaign-against-untouchability-and-human-error/

Mary King on Vaikom Satyagraha – Mathrubhumi News Morning Show

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Dr. Mary King shares her experience in Mathrubhumi news, morning show while visiting Kerala in connection with the release of her new book on Vaikom satyagraha, ‘Gandhian non-violence struggle and untouchability in South India’.

Watch here: http://mathrubhuminews.in/ee/ReadMore/19038/mary-king-on-vaikom-satyagraha-morning-show/E

Nonviolent Struggle Twice as Effective as Armed Action

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View article: Nonviolent Struggle Twice as Effective as Armed Action –  by Navamy Sudhish published in the Indian Express, September 23, 2015

Opinion Piece (The Roanoke Times): The Myth of a “Better” Iran Deal

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“King: The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal”: an opinion piece by Mary King in The Roanoke Times.