“World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point”

Martin Luther King Jr.


The Nonviolence Project is a comprehensive repository that educates and informs viewers on the impact of nonviolent protests all over the world. From environmental issues to racial equality, the project showcases how nonviolence has been used to address many different issues by prominent world leaders and activists. Nonviolence is also an integral part of activism today and we want to show how movements like Black Lives Matter have taken inspiration from centuries of marches, sit-ins, and protests. From familiar figures and events like Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement to the lesser-known Philippines’ People Power movement, we aim to educate and inform readers about how nonviolence has been prevalent around the world and throughout history. We aim to answer how and why nonviolence has been an effective socio-political tactic across different cultural, geographical, and political landscapes.

Looking for credible and informative sources in the digital world is often difficult when trying to discern what is true and false. This project hopes to bring together information from both primary and secondary sources to make the broad topic of nonviolent protest more accessible and concise. We gathered our information from books, newspapers, research articles, and even movies and interviews to present relevant nonviolent events and  figures in an easily digestible manner. We are grateful for our university’s vast resources, including the Libraries and the UW Archives, in aiding our research efforts.


Mou Banerjee

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: mbanerjee4@wisc.edu

Kacie Lucchini Butcher

Position title: Public History Project Director

Email: klbutcher@wisc.edu

Graduated Staff

Alec Apter

Position title: Class of 2022

Elena Cata

Position title: Class of 2022