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The past isn't dead. It's not even past. So says the lawyer Gavin Stevens near the end of Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun. To borrow Stevens' words, what small event, from either your personal history or the history of the world, is neit

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"The past isn't dead. It's not even past." So says the lawyer Gavin Stevens near the end of Faulkner's "Requiem for a Nun." To borrow Stevens' words, what small event, from either your personal history or the history of the world, is neither "dead" nor "past"? Whether watching T.V., listening to the radio, or even reading the newspaper you are stricken with news of activist fighting for their rights. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) lived and died working as a Civil Rights activist. For the world, MLK fight for equality still lives on through this quote "The past is not dead. It's not even past." MLK's words for example "there is a certain kind of fire that no water can put out" have followed everyone throughout the years but his dreams if have never been dead nor past. ...read more.

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He provided the nation with a road map so that all people could share together the abundance of this democracy. The words he led his marches by brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. MLK gave people of his and future generation hope and sense of dignity. To him the past was not dead but a place to search ideas like that of Thoreau's Essay on Civil Disobedience and Mahatma Gandhi's speeches. MLK also believed that men had the right to disobey unjust laws and gladly go to jail when they break such laws. "Fill the jails," Gandhi said. However - never use violence. ...read more.

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Not all this is part of the past because it still occurs in many places like Africa. It was his wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life that continually intertwines with the American experience. MLK, within a span of thirteen years, did something that changed the way America viewed and treated a portion of its citizens, who were historically faced with racist, restrictive laws as part of their daily living. One day everyone will live his dream of equality. Although he has been gone for years, his words from his "I Have a Dream" speech will never be dead nor past. As he once said, "there is a certain kind of fire that no water can put out", and that fire is still burning. ...read more.

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