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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King endured endless days and nights of undeserved pain and hardships. He was always fighting for African American rights. Threats after threat he never gave up on his dream. Were you aware that he almost didn’t give his “I have a dream” speech? He asked one of his aids for advice about the speech and they replied not to use the phrase “I have a dream” he said it was too cliché. Or did you know he has had his house was bombed by local racist? According to the noble media, he also was “placed under surveillance as a communist by John Edgar Hoover” (for civil rights). Yet day after day he fought for civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was a heroic man, because he never resorts to violence, he inspired many with courteous words, and formed a civil rights movement for justice. To begin, king never tried to brutally earn civil rights. King once stated “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only love can do that” (king). This means hating one another doesn’t improve the situation but loving one another could. He is basically demonstrating how you can’t fight fire with fire, it solves nothing. This is something he learned from his studying of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was a spiritual leader of India’s independent movement. He was a great influence on king. He, as well as king, believed in opposing evil violently. This is why he was so moving to some people, because he didn’t need force to prove his point. You would think at least once king would have tried to physically fight back after one too many beatings or being arrested for protesting unfair laws, but not once did he ever try to swing back, or threaten anyone who brought harm his way. In his acceptance speech, in Oslo, he mentions “I believe that unharmed truth and uncon... ... middle of paper ... ...o desegregate the world, and that’s exactly what they did; which explains why king is the icon for civil rights today. Works Cited "About Dr. King." The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. JPMorgan Chase & Co., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. Rosenburgh, Jennifer. "Martin Luther King, Jr.". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2014 "Martin Luther King Jr. - Biographical". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 25 Mar 2014. "Martin Luther King, Jr, Civil Rights Movement : Youth For Human Rights Champion." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) (n.d.): n. pag. Martin Luther King, Jr, Civil Rights Movement : Youth For Human Rights Champion. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. "Martin Luther King, Jr., Speaks out against the War." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
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