Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

773 Words May 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most principled men to have ever stood for any cause. There were competing ideologies for the same cause going on at the very same time. King was a man of peace by action not idleness, but refused to sacrifice his Godly principles through violence. King’s belief structure of moderation through civil disobedience was like no other at the time of struggle for equal rights, and he was often chastised by from both sides of the cause for his stance. Martin Luther King Jr.’s adherence to his principles was crucial in the fight against racial injustice. His method of civil disobedience and his own brand of moderation were vital to him and the civil rights movement as a whole. Civil disobedience was the method that King used to bring about the change in the civil rights movement. While moderation, which he drew from his Christian principles, was the foundation, civil disobedience was the tool he wanted used “to attain moral ends” (King 143). King referred to this type of disobedience as “direct action” which “seeks to create a crisis and foster tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue (King 130).” King compared making this underlying tension prominent in the public eye to “exposing a boil to the air and light” (King 135). This type of actions “was contrasted by the violent militant black groups (Bardes et al 141).” People seemed to share more sentiment with peaceful protestors…

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