The Power of Habit

by

Charles Duhigg

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Character Analysis

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a world-renowned Black minister and activist who helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and, later, the broader U.S. civil rights movement. Duhigg argues that Dr. King helped the boycott succeed by instilling new values and habits of nonviolent protest in Montgomery’s Black population. (Eventually, Duhigg believes, King’s leadership set off a similar process in the U.S. public as a whole.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes in The Power of Habit

The The Power of Habit quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or refer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Power of Habit published in 2014.
Chapter 8 Quotes

This is the third aspect of how social habits drive movements: For an idea to grow beyond a community, it must become self-propelling. And the surest way to achieve that is to give people new habits that help them figure out where to go on their own.

Page Number: 239
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Character Timeline in The Power of Habit

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appears in The Power of Habit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: How Movements Happen
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After Rosa Parks’s arrest, E.D. Nixon called a young local minister, Martin Luther King Jr. , to explain what happened and ask for support. Then, he called dozens of others... (full context)
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...it was becoming harder and harder for them to go to work. Then, someone bombed Dr. King ’s house. A crowd formed outside, and the police asked King to calm them down.... (full context)
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...with love and forgiveness. The movement grew stronger and stronger over time. Duhigg argues that Dr. King ’s teachings spread a new set of behaviors in the community. Through these behaviors, the... (full context)