Many famous thinkers have made an impact on society; however, none as much as Dr. King; a people’s man or Warren Buffet; a businessman. After an in-depth analysis of the thinkers and their contributions one will identify the problems each sought to solve, the solutions each found, and implementation of those solutions. Moreover, exploration of each thinker’s social, political, and personal environments will show how those factors contributed to their respective creativity. Additionally, a comparison of their unique creative processes, a critique of their ideas, and thoughts of different approaches will come forth through further exploration. Contribution to Society
Martin Luther King, Jr. contributed greatly to society as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. According to The King Center (2011), “During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality than the previous 350 years had produced” (About Dr. King, para. 1). Dr. King led a nonviolent movement during the 1950s and 60s because he believed African Americans should have equality. In 1963, he was an influential figure in the March on Washington, an event that drew in a quarter-million people to march for freedom and jobs. He delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the event and influenced people across the nation to act on civil rights. In 1964, partly because of this event, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which ended racial segregation in the United States. Dr. King is the first non-president to be honored by a national holiday. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (The King Center, 2011). Warren Buffett is known as one of the most prosperous investors in the world. He is driven by his initiative and has invested his money is other people’s ideas, inventions, and companies. He is an advocate for the value investing theory, the belief that people should invest in stock valued cheaper than the company’s worth. He changed the way people evaluate and purchase stocks (Net Industries and its Licensors, 2011). However, this is not his only contribution to society. According to Tactical Philanthropy Advisors, LLC (2011), “one day Warren Buffett will be looked on as the most pivotal person in the philanthropy of the early 21st century. Like Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th century, Buffett will be remembered not just for his own philanthropy, but for his outsized impact on the philanthropy of others” (Warren Buffett on Philanthropy, para. 1).Buffett has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth to charity during his lifetime and after his death (Tactical Philanthropy Advisors, LLC, 2011). Social and Personal Environment
Dr. King was dedicated to the Civil Rights movement because of social and personal factors. He grew up in the South, during a time when segregation was prominent. He was the son of a minister and was taught that he should oppose discrimination. He graduated from high school at the age of 15 and went to work in Connecticut. He was surprised that he could sit or eat wherever he wanted, unlike the south. In 1953, he moved to Alabama and began his ministry at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. During this time segregation was at its height, and he was in a position to speak out for equal rights. Many people were advocating ending segregation by any means possible, but he believed the best way to promote racial equality was to organize peaceful nonviolent protest. He thought the use of violence would only hinder the efforts of the equal right movement. This theory was proven during the protest in Birmingham. Dr. King was arrested for leading a nonviolent protest. The Birmingham police were dispatched for crowd control and used violent force against the protestors. Despite the violence the protesters did not retaliate. This event...