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Martin Luther King Essay

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´╗┐Martin Luther King Obituary Martin Luther King was one of the most inspiration and influential people ever to have lived, leading the civil rights movement in the United States and protesting, non-violently, against segregation and racial discrimination. His incredible story started in 1955 after an elderly back lady named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. After being ordered by the driver to give up her seat, and still refusing, she was sent to prison. Although that was seen as acceptable by most (as in that time whites were superior to blacks) Martin Luther King had other ideas. He later said that ?The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die?. And it is on that day that he chose to make a stand. King and other community leaders called for a boycott of the busses for black people. ...read more.

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Martin Luther King had followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by becoming a Baptist Minister at his local church, and it is clearly his Christian values that motivated him into action against racial discrimination. He saw racism as a clear contradiction of what the bible preached, he said ?We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule [Treat others as you would wish to be treated]?. He therefore felt that it was his duty, as a Christian, to take a stand. It is because of these values that he took such a loving and non-violent approach, saying that ?love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend? and of how ?Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.? He also said how ?I have decided to stick with love. ...read more.

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He said that “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.” This makes me think that he truly believed that this was what God put him on this earth for. But he was not naïve, or thought he was indestructible, he knew the reality of the situation. He had spoken before about thinking that he wouldn’t make it to the age of 40 and in his final speech he said that “I’ve seen the Promised Land” but “I might not get there with you”. He was assassinated the next day. Martin Luther King achieved equality and justice, genuinely making the world a better place. The impact he had is truly remarkable, he challenged and changed minds of millions all over the world. He may be gone but what he said, and what he fought for still rings true today. It may have once been his dream, but it is fast becoming our reality. On his gravestone is written “Free at last, Free at last, Thank god almighty we are free at last.” Millie Giudici ...read more.

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