Dickerson joined a group of other young men in attacking a group of CORE (Congress on Racial Equality) protestors who were attempting to integrate lunch counters in a nearby town on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Returning home after the beating, he found himself haunted by the nonviolent response of those whom he had beaten.
His family kicked him out of the house, but he continued his exploration, ending up working for CORE himself. I feel pretty strong that everyone -- no matter what color skin he has -- should have equal opportunities. And it don't make sense to beat them up so they'll believe it.
It has to be done by nonviolence if it's going to work..." In some faith traditions, nonviolent action becomes a moral imperative in the face of rampant social injustice.
It is beyond the scope of this paper to describe the pacifist traditions of the world's religions individually, let alone in detail.
But they share a key central value -- that life is precious and that it is not the right of any person to take the life of another.
The focus of religious nonviolence is not necessarily directed at the broader society.
The main concern is often with one's own spiritual wellbeing.
At its outset, Hindu reformers walked with Untouchables down the road and stood in front of the temple. The Maharajah ordered the police to prevent reformers and Untouchables from entering the road.
They shifted their tactics to standing prayerfully in front of police, seeking entry, but not attempting to disobey the directive.