Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

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Martin Luther King Jr. Was a civil rights activist who advocated for fair treatment of African Americans. He was asked by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to assist in the fight for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama; where a meeting was to be held. King was arrested as a result of the sit-in at luncheon counters, and while he was in prison, he wrote a letter to a group of clergymen who had criticized his position. This was not the first time he was arrested, nor the last time he would be arrested. He believed that people should not obey immoral laws, and that it is our duty as moral people to go against these laws to try to change them in a peaceful approach. Jacobus said “Although King himself was nonviolent, his program left both him and his followers open to the threat of violence’ (Jacobus 376). Even though he strongly believed that the means have to be as pure as the ends he was seeking for, he did not get the same response from the opposite party. King’s position is very close to that of Henry David Thoreau, in fact, I believe that King read Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience piece as an important document regarding morality and immorality. Martin Luther King Jr and Henry David Thoreau were very similar with their ideas, but had many differences that I believe were due to the different times they lived in. Both King and Thoreau believed in morality, and that morality should be the base in making laws. King said “One has not only the legal, but a…

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