Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and Battle for Freedom
In my unit 5 project I will discuss the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I will define how his personal ideologies might have contributed to his assassination. I will discuss the implications of his assassinations from a sociological perspective. All through the discussions, I will explore his life and journey as freedom leader and his will to gain justice via nonviolent and peaceful protest against racial discrimination and oppressions. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was destined to be a preacher like his father and after seminary became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama at the age of 25. King believed that black and white people should resist laws that they thought unjust. If necessary, he thought, they should disobey such laws. But King also said that they should be ready to accept punishment for breaking such laws. In some cases, they should even go to jail. He had grown up with the injustices in the South, and it did not take him long to join in the fight. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 in response to Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat. He was arrested, but ultimately ended racial segregation on Montgomery Public Buses. Now he was not the first person to champion civil rights, but he was arguably the best known. It is difficult to say his name without including the words civil rights “leader” in the same sentence. When we think of Martin Luther King as a leader, the first thought that comes to my mind was his ability to make stirring, emotionally arousing speeches. I think we need to look below the surface of his inspirational speech making ability to see what the real essence of his leadership was. He was a leader because he challenged the status quo; he called for change, in this case, for justice for African-Americans. King promoted a better way, a new direction. He showed courage to...
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