Below is the Pledge of Nonviolence that Martin Luther King, Jr. asked fellow marchers to sign during the marches in 1963:
- As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus
- Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
- Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
- Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.
- Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
- Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
- Perform regular service for others and the world.
- Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
- Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
- Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.
These principles are eternal, and very much relevant today. They strike at the core of our campaign, and we have asked that each of our volunteers sign a similar pledge based on these principles.
TEAM STOOKSBERRY VOLUNTEER PLEDGE
I, _____________________________, as a volunteer for Team Stooksberry, hereby promise the following:
1. Walk and talk in the manner of love. Remember that Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
2. Observe with all people the ordinary rules of courtesy.
3. Always refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
4. No one is to be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character