Dr. Martin Luther King

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Paper

     With his constant pursuit for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped bridge the gap between races during the 1960Õs. (It was) His unique approach of using nonviolent protests (to) helped create an awareness of the inequalities the African Americans had to endure during this time period. In 1963, King went to Birmingham, Alabama to engage in a nonviolent protest (there), yet before he could perform the (protest Ð use synonym such as rally or something) he was arrested. While King was in the prison he wrote Letter from a Birmingham Prison. By reading this letter one can easily see that aside from being ahehe civil rights crusader, King was also an incredibly
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He then brings up two very important facts to defend his case. The first is that there have been more unsolved bombings of African American homes and churches in Birmingham than any other place in the United States. Furthermore, on the basis of those conditions African American leaders in the community had attempted to negotiate with the cityÕs leaders, but the city leaders had refused to. King then cites Socrates on the notion that in order to make any level of accomplishment, one must raise public awareness by using nonviolent protests. These protests would create a tension in the mind of the individual and society because racism is illogical.
     King( then tried to) explained that even though the white moderates, though good intentioned, donÕt understand the situation in full. Moreover, to not understand the importance of the issue, then results in a lack of involvement. King felt that with the white moderates involvement was crucial to any steps forward, yet their lack of involvement would only make thier pursuit for civil liberties even more difficult. He makes a powerful argument, ÒIt is a historical fact that privileged groups sedom give up thier privileges voluntarily.Ó The significane of this quote is the theme of this letter. King (is- was) saying that African American can no longer remain idle in the hopes to been seen as equals with the whites, they must
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now take action to achieve a mutual respect.
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