Famous Thinkers Essay

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Famous Thinkers Paper
PHL/458
September 17, 2012
Prof. John Muench

Famous Thinkers Paper
The world has had numerous famous thinkers that have inflicted change upon society through their views. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cornel West are two examples of famous thinkers that has through years of trials and tribulations, had their personal journeys turn into societal change. This paper will chronicle their personal journeys and how their contributions changed the way society acts today.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was raised in an environment where African-Americans were singled out and isolated in the southern part of the United States. He enrolled and graduated from a public school at the age of fifteen
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Dr. King fought against the Democrats who stood in the doorways of schoolhouses and encouraged segregation. President John F. Kennedy is lauded for being a proponent of civil rights however it was President Kennedy who had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI for being a communist to undermine Dr. King’s mission. (Frice, 2006) Dr. King’s fight against the poor treatment of African-Americans helped create affirmative action.
Cornel West’s political affiliation is Independent. West did support President Barrack Obama’s campaign until he thought he had found flaws in President Obama’s political tactics. West called President Obama a “Black Mascot of Wall Street oligarchs” and that he had a certain fear of free Black men. (Wattree, 2011) West’s peers feel that his attack on President Obama is of a personal note perhaps for not being invited to the inauguration. The fact is West did not have compelling facts to back up his statement and may have tarnished his work as an advocating for the working class people.
Martin Luther King Jr. had ideas to solve some of the biggest problems this country has ever seen, racial segregation and civil rights. He led marches and demonstrations in order to bring light to these very important issues. In 1955, he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in retaliation of Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on a bus for a white man and consequently was

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