Synthesis Essay King vs. Aung San Suu Kyi

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said, “Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.” Gandhi dedicated his life to a role of non-violence amidst times of hate, war, and even bigotry. He was at the forefront on India’s quest for freedom from Britain during the mid 1900’s. Gandhi led hundreds of thousands of Indians into civil disobedience against the British, however; he believed the most important thing was that Indians avoided all types of violence and hatred in their quest for freedom. His belief in a form of non-violence influenced many during and after his life ended in 1948. Two of the individuals it had the biggest impact on were Dr. Martin …show more content…
Gandhi was nominated before his death in 1948, and during that year the Nobel Committee decline to award the prize because there was no suitable living candidate. In 1989, when the Dalai Lama won the peace prize, many contributed the winning to the memory of Gandhi. King was awarded the prize in 1964 due to his work for Civil Rights, and won the award because according to the Nobel Committee displayed himself as a “Campaigner of Civil Rights.” Aung was awarded the prize in 1991 due to her non-violent political works in Burma. The Nobel Committee attributed her winning due to her “Non-Violent struggle for democracy and human rights.” Each person was able to achieve this great honor, and further cemented themselves in history as non-violent activists by doing so. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Aung San Suu Kyi each made tremendous strides for their respective causes non-violently throughout their lives. Each individual gained many of their beliefs from Gandhi, and were heavily influenced by him. King displayed calm rationale and a non-violent set of beliefs during the Civil Rights Era in the United States, while Aung was able to express herself non-violently during the Burma election of 1990. By using

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