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Clayborne Carson's Interpretation Of Martin Luther King

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Clayborne Carson’s interpretation of Martin Luther King is one very different than most. He describes that MLK is simply an important man during the Civil Rights Movement, not the leader of it as many would say. He supports this with showing examples of how MLK himself did not want to be perceived as a sole hero and how others had much to do with the matter. Carson begins explaining that MLK was not a perfect leader but one “full of self-doubts, keenly aware of his own limitations and human weakness.” (Page 449) This shows that this image of him being this strong person during his time may not be completely true. He was just a man like the other leaders during this time, perhaps more aware of his weaknesses. Carson even points out that
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