What are ways of advancing peace and harmony through constructive disobedience.

One of the most famous examples of civil disobedience resulting in more peaceful and harmonious living, is when Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She did this during a time when segregation on public buses was a law in Alabama and Montgomery. Her actions, as well as actions of other people including famous ones like Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, began a protest known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks was arrested for breaking the segregation law. The boycott that followed resulted in a historic case called Browder v. Gayle. Eventually, during this case, the Supreme Court ruled that the laws in Alabama and Montgomery were unconstitutional.
In this day and age, people can sit wherever they want to in restaurants and on all types of public transportation. People of all different backgrounds and races use these ways to get where they are going such as work, recreation and leisure activities. These heroic acts of civil disobedience created a nature where basic freedoms are given to all people regardless of their race.
Another way that people have chosen to use civil disobedience stems from Pacifism. This is when people are in favor of peace and are against war and violence. The roots of Pacifism are founded in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. It was taught and followed by many others including Jesus Christ. The Protestant Reformation which began in the sixteenth century, started new varieties of what were called peace churches. Many of these can be seen in our immediate area such as the Amish and the Church of the Brethren. The Amish refuse to perform military service and do without many of the modern conveniences that most Americans enjoy. Despite these differences in belief systems and refusal to comply with the social norms, the Amish live in our neighboring communities without persecution. They travel into our communities as we do theirs to buy and sell goods in peace and harmony despite our differences.



5 thoughts on “What are ways of advancing peace and harmony through constructive disobedience.

  1. I agree with you that Rosa Parks was a great leader and started a movement bigger than our understanding, but I think that sometimes something needs started to really make a change. People respond to violence stronger than words. Everybody wants to save the world, but no one wants to die. ~ Jenny, Innocence

  2. I agree with you in the way that segragation was a very large important movement and that Rosa Parks helped that. Had she not, the stand that they took may not have ever taken place. There are still things that people complain about but not many people are willing to go against laws to fix them. ~ Jasmine, Prejudice & Discrimination

  3. I agree throughout your whole entire post. People who always want to make changes never tend to actually do it but with your example and with Rosa Parks and segregation people needed to work together in a sometimes peaceful way. This act against segregation led to freedom in all ways for African Americans.

    – Jacob

  4. I like how you used examples of African American problems from a while ago and you also used examples we have today such as Amish. I also think disobedience is okay in certain circumstances such as Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus. I also liked how you used examples from different backgrounds.

  5. I agree with your example of Rosa Parks, being arrested by not giving up her seat on a bus to a white man. During this time of segregation, and even before these times, during the times of the Civil War and during slavery this happened. I also liked how you used other examples to prove your point.
    Sarah H.

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