Martin Luther King Jr And Antigone

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Martin Luther King Jr and Antigone were two people who used a nonviolent resistance technique to stand up for a cause they believed in. The technique they used is called Civil disobedience which is the refusal to comply with certain laws in a peaceful, non-aggressive protest. Both Martin Luther King Jr and Antigone were seeking justice for a cause without having to become physically violent with the opposing party. It took strength to go against their oppressors but they were willing to make self-less sacrifices. Martin Luther King Jr and Antigone provides many examples of how they used a similar approach to have a nonviolent confrontation. Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Antigone are fighting inequality and injustice. During an…show more content…
She knew she had to bury her brother and she did just that. Dr. King on the other hand did not approach his circumstances in the same manner. He clarified his actions and explained why he was using a non violent approach. He writes, “IN ANY nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We have gone through these steps in Birmingham.” (MLK , Pg. 77-78) . He also says, “All too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows”(MLK, Pg 77-78). Dr. King and his following had to make strategic steps to achieve the main goal which was to stand up to injustice. Many people, at that time in history, were afraid to stand up against their oppressor because doing so would lead to death. Antigone was not afraid of death. As I read more of the letters Dr. King wrote to the state’s leaders, I believe he also was at the point where he no longer fear. Dr. Kings’ steps began to be more aggressive and strategic but remain nonviolent. In his letter, he writes, “...the purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. We therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in the tragic attempt to live in monologue rather than
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