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Hodo Jibril

Pre Ap P5

Tom Jones

Nowadays kids are taught to use their voice and when sticking up for themselves. We feel like that's the only way to have a voice in society. People will be too busy on praising you for sticking for yourself that they won't teach other ways to get things changed. Wouldn't you want to come off as a strong and knowledgeable person? You don't have to be loud in order to have a voice and stick up for yourself. Haven't you ever head actions speak louder than words. Back in the day we used other methods to make a difference. A common method we used and is demonstrated in history is the nonviolent civil disobedience technique. This technique been used by variety of important characters and/or situations such as Gandhi and in the Woolworth sit-in. I'm also a witness of the power to this method.

One of the first people to use and practice nonviolent civil disobedience was a man named Gandhi. Gandhi was the greatest political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He was resistance to domination through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence. Gandhi preached passive resistance, believing that acts of violence against the British only provoked a negative reaction, but passive resistance provoked the British into doing something. Ghandi and his supporters would starve themselves and/or not resist arrests. By doing this it got British people to lay off because they found out that every time that did something the Indians wouldn't react violently. They found no point into controlling people of that state of mind. This method helped India to gain independence, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

On February 1, 1960, four African American students sat at a segregated lunch counter in the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's store. This lunch counter only had chairs/stools for whites, while blacks had to stand and eat. Although they were refused service, they were allowed to stay at the counter. The four students were aware that Woolworth's would not serve blacks at their lunch counter but they sat down anyway, engaging themselves in a plan they had been discussing for a month prior to the sit-in. They suffered through abuse, uncivil arrests, and other types of harassment. The sit-in lasted for 4 days and each day he got worse treatment. Not once did they fight back or quit, they just kept quiet. By them using the nonviolent civil disobedience technique they sent a message to the world. It gave a voice to fellow African Americans. It said we are fighting with our minds and not our hands. These boys's peaceful action spoke louder than the mob harassing them in the counter. Woolworth sit-in created an entire movement in the world with a



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