Essay on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

824 Words Nov 20th, 2016 4 Pages
There is significant importance of love, peace and unity among individuals, communities, and across nations. There are currently activists crusading for these ideologies today. However, there are prominent activists who are no longer with us but continue to inspire individuals and movements towards love, peace and unity all across the world. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi were two such activists who lived across oceans from each other, and followed particularly different religions, yet both led movements that will continue to inspire and will forever be remembered.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist Minister who was the face of the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He was known for his inspirational speeches promoting equality among whites and African Americans alike and for his nonviolent tactics and movement that drastically differed from radical activists such as Malcolm X. Due to his influential movement, King had a pivotal role in the formation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the abolishment of the legal segregation of African Americans in the United States and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (A&E Television Networks).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gained his inspiration from several individuals and leaders, including Mohandas Gandhi, better known as Mahatma. “Mahatma” (meaning, “Great Soul”) is similar to the Christian term “saint” (English Dictionary). Mahatma Gandhi was a devout Hindu and the prominent leader…

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