Why Martin Luther King Jr. Used Non-Violence?

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, I would like to share a personal interview I did with Andrew Young, which gives us a look inside the beginnings of the U.S./World Nonviolence Movement.   You can also watch a video here on Martin Luther King Jr. and the Origins of the Nonviolence Movement.

 Image  ANDREW YOUNG was Assistant to Pres. Jimmy Carter, Mayor of Atlanta. and the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.  He shared this story with me, which was filled with a lot of new information I had never ever heard before about how MARTIN LUTHER KING JR first heard about NONVIOLENCE.

            I began my interview with Andrew by asking about my long time friend, Dr. Benjamin Mayes. He was the former President of Morehouse College in Atlanta and the first African-American head of Atlanta’s School Board.

Dr. Mayes went to Gandhi’s INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION in 1947 in India. He came back and called together the best and the brightest atMorehouseCollege and said,

“Gentlemen, by no fault of your own, we’re 300 years behind. My challenge to you is can you be disciplined, courageous, and visionary enough to catch up in the next 25 years?”

Dr. Mayes was also Head of a Philosophy of Leadership Development Course that produced a generation of young men at Morehouse who were committed to making the world a better place.  This college was totally & intentionally about Leadership Development. More than giving degrees, they were interested in creating leaders in almost every field such as Medicine, Law, & Education. It’s been said that 60% of students who were trained in Leadership atMorehouseCollege went on to become the top African-American leaders in theU.S.

One of those leaders was Martin Luther King, Jr., who was at that time, a 14-year-old freshman, who heard about nonviolence for the first time.

Andrew Young said, “He became the leader not just of America, but of the world. He was a leader that showed we can make the world a better place by renouncing violence.  ‘You don’t overcome hatred with hatred. You overcome hatred with love.’

             “It was then that I was at HowardUniversity, and I heard about nonviolence, but I didn’t believe in it. My wife and Coretta Scott King, who had gone to AntiochCollege, which was a pacifist college. They challenged and pushed us to commit more seriously to nonviolence. As time went by, Andrew realized the power of nonviolence and embraced it.”

“You can change the skyline of a city, the quality of test scores, but unless you make the world less hatred-filled and less violent toward each other and nature, then we are not making progress.”

When Martin Luther King died, it was Dr. Benjamin Mayes who was asked to give his Eulogy.

            You can find Andrew Young’s story and many others in the book, VISIONARIES CHANGE THE WORLD: Making Commitments and Taking Action, which takes the best from world leaders to inspire the best in all of us. It includes 82 leaders, all but four, whom I have personally interviewed.

*The book is available on my website: http://www.dorisleemccoy.com and on Kindle at Amazon.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. & the Start of U.S. Nonviolence

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, I would like to share a personal interview I did with Andrew Young, which gives us a look inside the beginnings of the U.S./World Nonviolence Movement.   You can also watch a video here on Martin Luther King Jr. and the Origins of the Nonviolence Movement.

 Image  ANDREW YOUNG was Assistant to Pres. Jimmy Carter, Mayor of Atlanta. and the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.  He shared this story with me, which was filled with a lot of new information I had never ever heard before about how MARTIN LUTHER KING JR first heard about NONVIOLENCE.

            I began my interview with Andrew by asking about my long time friend, Dr. Benjamin Mayes. He was the former President of Morehouse College in Atlanta and the first African-American head of Atlanta’s School Board.

Dr. Mayes went to Gandhi’s INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION in 1947 in India. He came back and called together the best and the brightest atMorehouseCollege and said,

“Gentlemen, by no fault of your own, we’re 300 years behind. My challenge to you is can you be disciplined, courageous, and visionary enough to catch up in the next 25 years?”

Dr. Mayes was also Head of a Philosophy of Leadership Development Course that produced a generation of young men at Morehouse who were committed to making the world a better place.  This college was totally & intentionally about Leadership Development. More than giving degrees, they were interested in creating leaders in almost every field such as Medicine, Law, & Education. It’s been said that 60% of students who were trained in Leadership atMorehouseCollege went on to become the top African-American leaders in theU.S.

One of those leaders was Martin Luther King, Jr., who was at that time, a 14-year-old freshman, who heard about nonviolence for the first time.

Andrew Young said, “He became the leader not just of America, but of the world. He was a leader that showed we can make the world a better place by renouncing violence.  ‘You don’t overcome hatred with hatred. You overcome hatred with love.’

             “It was then that I was at HowardUniversity, and I heard about nonviolence, but I didn’t believe in it. My wife and Coretta Scott King, who had gone to AntiochCollege, which was a pacifist college. They challenged and pushed us to commit more seriously to nonviolence. As time went by, Andrew realized the power of nonviolence and embraced it.

“You can change the skyline of a city, the quality of test scores, but unless you make the world less hatred-filled and less violent toward each other and nature, then we are not making progress.”

When Martin Luther King died, it was Dr. Benjamin Mayes who was asked to give his Eulogy.

            You can find Andrew Young’s story and many others in the book, VISIONARIES CHANGE THE WORLD: Making Commitments and Taking Action, which takes the best from world leaders to inspire the best in all of us. It includes 82 leaders, all but four, whom I have personally interviewed.

*The book is available on my website: http://www.dorisleemccoy.com and on Kindle at Amazon.com.

Happiness is an Important Topic for the Holidays

THE MAGIC OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS book would make a great and  inexpensive gift. Learn how and why the Kingdom of Bhutan is the 8th happiest on the world map (USA is #23). What are the secrets of this last Shangri-La in the Himalayas? I went and am happy to share the answers with an audience in my recent 68-page book that features this country known as an earthly paradise.

Join me for a book signing on Saturday, November 27th from 1-3PM next door to Bahia Restaurant in Bird Rock (located at 5504 La Jolla Blvd.). Refreshments will be provided.

For further information, and the only place to purchase my new book, visit dorisleemccoy.com

Book Signing in the Himalayas-in Bhutan

The Magic Of Gross National Happiness

At the launch: Unveiling the magic of GNH

Book Launch 11 September, 2010 – An American author who journeyed through Bhutan to explore what the mystical kingdom bore, was intrigued to find “The magic of gross national happiness” that soon translated into book.

This was the fifth book Doris Lee McCoy authored, which was launched at the Tarayana foundation conference hall yesterday.

Doris said people across the world were beginning to realise the importance of happiness.

“We have 26 happiness clubs in America,” she said.

Bhutan, she said, was the eighth happiest nation in the world, while America stood 23rd, Germany 35th, and England 41st.

Doris took eight months to complete the book, which, she said, was initially planned at 24 pages grew as she began adding depth to it.

“I wanted people to learn from this book,” she said. “What’s wonderful is that you indeed have shown the world about happiness and I feel honoured to be able to give an outsider’s appreciation of you.”

She said the four pillars of GNH splitting into nine domains gave specifics for other countries to be able to use as an example they might also use in theirs.

Besides an author, Doris, PhD is an interviewer, psychologist, international keynote speaker, TV moderator and producer.

By Kuenga Tendar (Thimphu, Bhutan’s Nationwide Newspaper)

HAPPINESS Teleseminar Free! July 21, 2010

Hi, it’s been some time since we talked. But since you like to be in on the cutting edge of developments, I thought you would like to hear about something new, different, and better. It will help you in your life, in your relationships, and on your job. – Doris Lee McCoy, Ph.D

This Wednesday: 10 Steps to Increase Happiness 100%, 200% or More!
Join us this Wed. for a very special call with Dr. Doris Lee McCoy, Author, Interviewer, Psychologist, Speaker, TV Moderator and Producer!  Doris is the author of the book: “The Magic of Gross National Happiness’, in which she interviewed the Queen and the Prince of this high Himalayan country called the Kingdom of Bhutan, often called the last Shangri La.
Dr. McCoy has interviewed over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, politicians, business people, and celebrities (including Malcolm Forbes, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Bob Wright, Sir Edmund Hillary, Ted Turner, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and others)! Dr. McCoy was featured on 100+ TV and radio shows!
This Wed. July 21st at 6 PM PT (8 CT/9 ET), we will be uncovering the ‘Secrets of Happiness’!

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If you could take a moment to complete this 1 minute survey…which will be part of the tele-seminar experience this Wed July 21st…
by answering the question, “What does Happiness Mean to Me?”, we will send you access to a valuable report revealing why happiness could turn around your business and personal money matters!
(Get Your Report! – We will share Results on the Call)