Doctor of theology and a civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written in 1963, argues that discrimination is not acceptable anywhere and the discriminated are trying to be as peaceful and reasonable with the racial inequality. He supports his claim by utilizing biblical allusions, historical allusions, and sarcasm in order to state that they have tried fixing the issue, but the society wont respond civilized. He adopts a mock serious tone for the clergymen and for the people who oppose. King emphasizes on using biblical allusions on the clergymen since they too are people who preach the word of God and should understand the meaning of his peaceful ways. For example, King quotes “ just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.” King reflects himself on Apostle Paul and on the way he traveled away from his hometown to find justice. Both Paul and King wrote letters from a jail, and they were both in jail for an absurd reason. King wants to teach his nonviolent ways to the people, but the people continue to view it as a wronging. By him using biblical allusions to the clergymen, it shows that they, themselves, should know this since they preach from the same book. In addition, King utilizes historical allusions to highlight the world’s past events and the justice and injustice of them. Dr. King states “ we should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws.” His reference to these two past events helped in the view that they were both labeled wrong. Hitler’s Germany should have been illegal since it was harming innocent people, and the freedom fighters in Hungary should have been legal since they aided and provided for people. It is the same with the racial inequality, the clergymen view it as wrong and a disturbance to the society when in reality they are just fighting for their justice and
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Maya Angelou Interview http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0int-1
Poet and Historian
January 22, 1997
High Point, North Carolina
oDr. Angelou, you worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. What was Dr. King really like, personally?
oMaya Angelou: Dr. King was a human being. He had a sense of humor which was wonderful. It is very dangerous to make a person larger than life because, then, young…
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“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
The U.S.A is seen in today’s world as a nation where everybody grows up in harmony despite of their race and colour. If martin Luther king had kept silent about his aims/ views, then the America we see today probably wouldn’t have existed.
Martin Luther King junior was born on January the 15th 1929 in Atlanta America. Born to a Baptist father king had a very Christian upbringing. Therefore he believed…
Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known person in history. He is known for his work in civil rights, and is known for his I Have a Dream Speech. King's speech not only changed history for the black community it gave hope to black throughout the world. King's speech was so successful because he was able to arouse his audience to their feet and get them angry at society. In his speech, he uses different types of language. Using strong powerful words to influence a listener's opinion, and using words…
equal to the white population, especially in the south. This was a time when hero’s such as Rosa Parks and others decided to take a stand and defend themselves, demanding to be heard and demanding to bring about a change. This was the age of Martin Luther King, one of the innovative leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He was a minister and firmly believed in nonviolent protests to fight the black oppression that was occurring. In his endeavors to participate in these protests he found himself in…
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Professional Leadership (PED 492)
Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a leader but a hero. He was a man with courage, a man who woke up dreaming of change, a man who risked his life just to make a life changing difference. He dreamed that one day man and woman, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and even Jews would be treated equally. He dreamed that no matter your race or your sex you would get treated as well as the next. I chose to speak of a…
portrays the life of a colored family that have had many
issues with racism within society. The problems that they have faced have also been shown and
mentioned in “
I Have a Dream”
by Martin Luther King. Both works contribute to the same idea
that life for Black Americans were very different than those of White Americans. Lorraine
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, and Martin Luther King’s, “
I Have a Dream”
similar ideas that colored people are in poor financial economic conditions, facing inequality,
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During the 1960’s racial segregation was taking place all over the world. Martin Luther King a civil right leader was an independent man who was determined to change America, and change the way people discriminated against one another because of their race. He believed that the one way to actually stand up and make a change is to sacrifice himself and be punished for his own actions, through this his rebelliousness he…
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther king, jr.was born January 15, 1929 In Atlanta, Georgia. He died April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a Baptist minister and a social activist who lead the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His leadership was fundamental to that movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the south and other parts of the United…
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech "I Have a Dream" at Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. writes his powerful speech "I Have a Dream" in hopes of informing the audience of what great problems African Americans are encountering. He wants everyone, not just whites and blacks, but Indians, Chinese, Hispanics, to take a stand to help end slavery and let freedom for all begin. Throughout Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, he appeals to people's emotions, logic, and character. He uses these appeals…
five decades ago, let’s begin with saying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has changed lives for the better. Without the sacrifices he has made, the community would not be the way it is today. First and foremost I would like to applaud Dr. King for every accomplishment from the nonviolent campaigns, to the motivational speeches given for the Negro community. The willingness and power Dr. King put into the ears of the nation was legendary.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist…