Martin Luther King Jr.

1650 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr. is accepted by many as the most influential figure in the civil rights movement. In his protests, participants would refuse unjust laws and disrupt everyday life by marching or sitting in squares, spreading awareness of their concerns. The marches in particular were highly effective, garnering massive news coverage and sympathy for the protestors. In order to grow and maintain the sympathy generated by this coverage, King also advocated a strict non-violence policy. His methods played a key role in desegregating cities throughout the South, including Birmingham, as well as in the passing of the voting rights act. This strategy for protest is still widely used today, namely in large parts of the Black Lives Matter movement. King’s style of peaceful civil disobedience is highly effective, allowing enough disobedience to gain attention, while avoiding violence to maintain sympathy and discussion.
One of the key components of King’s movement was the usage of civil disobedience. King advocated the breakage of segregation laws, in addition to any other unjust law. He states that “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’” (Howard-Pitney, 79). King supported the breakage of these laws to draw attention to their unfairness. He states “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order…

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