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Civil Disobedience

Julia Nadeane Savage
12.11.12
AP English Language
Ms. Walker 5B

As long as there is structured society, there will always be conformity. Failure to comply to this conformity could mean nothing more than getting a funny look, but sometimes it has more drastic consequences. There is a certain mob mentality that contributes to the concept of morals. In the past, people have said black people shouldn't be able to go to school. Before that, it was understood by most that black people weren't people at all. The same goes for women. There have been points in time where women weren't allowed by their husbands to speak in public, and in the Middle East, that time is now. Modern history is filled with ignorance, prejudice, and war. There will always be people who are scared and angered by their own ignorance, but there will also always be strong leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Lawrence Scott, and Nelson Mandela to remind instinctively blind followers of their independence and basic human rights. Often, people want to change the world, but don't know where to start. These men and women knew what to do and risked everything for the well-being of the people around them and future generations.

Martin Luther King Jr., along with countless other brave men, has done so much for the civil rights of the black community. For hundreds of years, black men were thought of as nothing more than manual labor and women no more than cooks. Their only place in society was to work. Until 1865, they were slaves with no rights for anything, but thanks to the 13th amendment, they gained the little freedom of being paid for their literally back-breaking work. It was another 100 years before they could go to the same schools as white children. Today, our African American president is moving on to his second term. Equality did not come with lack of effort. King said in a speech, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only...
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