Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

830 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Serving as one of the leaders of a social reform movement, Martin Luther King Jr. explains to critics his goal and plan:
“…I am here in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their ‘thus says the Lord’ far beyond the boundaries of their own home towns, and 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 home town” (King 343).
King’s main purpose is to conduct nonviolent direct action to achieve negotiation with white law makers and the white community. He states blacks should not adapt to their situation; instead, they must perform civil disobedience in a peaceful manner to raise concern. King believes that respect and equal opportunity should be attainable by any man or woman within the bounds of the United States.
Obama constructs his message with a much different purpose. Senator Obama could not directly express his own specific thoughts and opinions about race because, he had to appeal to the majority to earn votes. Instead of bringing about change in the country, he simply expressed his concern of a divided population: “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together…” (Obama 356). To resolve issues that affect us all, Obama pleads that as…

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