Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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In the 1950’s America developed in a way that would change the entire future of the country. The civil rights movement brought the righteous anger, distress, and demand that all people be treated equally. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advocated that people needed to take a stand and quit being patient, in order to advance democracy in America. Was King correct in believing that impatience helps to advance democracy? I argue that Dr. King was correct in demanding impatience from the African American community to achieve equality. In this paper I will be evaluating the stance that Dr. King takes on impatience by looking at Dr. King’s work as well as the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Greg Weiner, Philip Fisher, Lars Svendson, and Bauman Zygmunt. Through the evaluation of other positions on the importance of patience and impatience it will be shown how Dr. King is correct in his approach to democracy through impatience. In Dr. King’s book Why We Can’t Wait, King addresses the current situation of 1962 and 1963 United States, as well as the history of America (King pgs. 15,16,17). He points out the mistreatment and inequality that plagued the nation. While slavery had been outlawed years ago, the structure of slavery in people’s eyes had not been eliminated. In his book King states,
“As the then vice-president, Lyndon B. Johnson, phrased it: ‘Emancipation was a Proclamation but not a fact.’ The pen of the Great Emancipator had moved the Negro into the sunlight of physical freedom, but…

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