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For many people, Martin Luther King, Jr., is a role model. You may have heard of him before. But did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr., also had a role model? His name was Howard Thurman.\n\nI have studied both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Howard Thurman for over 30 years. Over the years, I’ve learned that Howard Thurman was very important to shaping the civil rights struggle into a nonviolent movement. Most people give King Jr. all the credit for this nonviolent approach. It turns out that Thurman influenced King Jr., and Thurman himself was influenced by Gandhi. Gandhi used nonviolence when he was leading a movement in India to liberate from British rule.