The Power of MLK’s Anger

Unlike many who struggle to channel their anger into positive action, Martin Luther King Jr. learned from an early age how he could transform this emotion into something greater. In this compelling article from NPR, King’s complex relationship with anger and injustice is explored. “Looking at how King dealt with anger reveals its dual nature–how it can be a motivating force for change, while also containing the potential for destruction.” While he was not immune to angry outbursts, King sought to resolve tensions through forgiveness, redemption, and love. As he grew older, he realized that non-violent resistance offered a way to channel anger through peaceful protest. Keep reading to learn more about how King’s early experiences shaped his relationship with anger.