A Peaceful and Charasmatic Leader, Martin Luther King Junior

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King Junior once said. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” he said. Dr.King had a dream that one day he would “look to a day when people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” A point that has been disputed about the Civil Rights is using the “passive unless provoked" and the violent approach, but upon research, it seems clear that the Martin Luther King Junior’s approach to the civil rights movement was most effective, because he was a powerful yet inspirational leader. Martin Luther King Junior was a charismatic leader, never using violence …show more content…

However, there are other ways of leading “the road to equality", such as Malcolm X and The Black Panther’s style of leadership, to which were not as effective as Dr.King's. This is because Malcolm X’s style was “passive until provoked”, which was similar to to being in the middle of peace and violence. He lead in peace, but was also forceful to other people to make them follow his views and ideas. This has caused a lot of violence, because not all people agree with the same idea, and not all people have the same opinions. It is challenging, and harsh. Forcefulness and violence is not the right way to go for equality and justice, to which the Black Panthers also did. It might seem effective, to go and commit violent actions to change the society’s viewpoint, but at what cost? The cost of lives? Or a broken leg or arm? It is not right to commit acts of violence, because people have different viewpoints, and violent actions would cause no good. Violence is not the way to go, and it should only be used under moral-based situations, not by changing someone’s opinion. In conclusion, I believe that Dr.King's leadership to the Civil Rights issue was the correct way, because he used a nonviolent approach to change the society’s opinions, but also maintained a success. Dr.King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” And so,

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