Not many people know that Dr. Martin Luther King’s family respected and understood his message of peace and nonviolence so much, that his Son Dexter and Corretta became vegan. Classic comedian Dick Gregory introduced the family to vegan.
“Under the leadership of Dr. King, I became totally committed to nonviolence, and I was convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other (war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like) but in their practice of killing animals for food and sport. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life.”
– Dick Gregory, comedian & activist, from his memoir, Callus on my Soul
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Cesar Chavez is another civil rights leader that was also vegan.