Martin Luther King and peaceful protest. What did Martin Luther King’s tactics involve?. MLK espoused a philosophy of civil disobedience. He often broke the unjust laws of the de jure discrimination. He encouraged mass support for these actions.
What did Martin Luther King’s tactics involve?
This started in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960 when four black college students sat down and ordered food at a whites-only counter in Woolworth’s.
President Eisenhower signing the 1957 Civil Rights Act
The 1960 Civil Rights Act extended the life of the Civil Rights Commission and introduced federal court referees whose responsibility was to help register blacks in areas where they had previously found it difficult to register.
The first problem was that non-violence would not necessarily work unless the white response to it was violent. In Albany, Laurie Pritchett, the chief of police understood that he needed to prevent any white violence, which limited the media interest and hence the effectiveness of the non-violent strategy.
The second problem was that the various civil rights groups (most notably SNCC, NAACP and SCLC) had different approaches to the most appropriate tactics to pursue and were not following a common policy of co-operation.
The consequence of the events at Birmingham was that there was some end to discrimination – there was to be desegregation in the stores and greater rights in employment.