Machiavelli and Lao-Tzu were in Birmingham, in the days leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest.

if Dr. King had asked Machiavelli and Lao-Tzu’s advice about what to do in Birmingham, how do you think they would respond?

Here are a few questions you might consider as you write your journal, though we encourage you to creatively respond to the prompt:

Would either of them advise King to go to jail in protest of unjust segregation laws?
What would be their opinion of nonviolence?
How would they suggest King persuade white moderates or African-Americans?
Which of the advisers would be more closely aligned with Dr. King’s own philosophy?


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