We read a story today about a famous civil rights leader and it mentioned that he taught others to protest injustice (with specific examples of the injustices they faced, like being banned from a diner and treated very poorly) in nonviolent, peaceful ways. My students were pretty engaged and interested, but a few of them couldn't get their heads wrapped around the nonviolent part - why were they not punching these jerks in the face or breaking windows? We talked about how there would probably not have been consequences for the white people who initiated the racism but would have been harsh consequences for the minority groups that were defending themselves - hence the need for nonviolent protest. But I'm just wondering, how might you explain this concept to an upper elementary group? They're old enough to understand the situation somewhat but I also didn't want to present them with history that they were not ready for.