Someone Whom I Admire

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Martin Luther King Jr.Research Paper, Period 23/23/2012Lorena Diaz|

As kids, we usually start off admiring the heroes in capes. Not really knowing their origin, just knowing that they’re the ones that save the lives of the people in our imagination. However as we grow older, we admire ordinary people, who stop the ruthless guys in our absurd society. Michael Luther King Jr., also known as Martin, was one of those ordinary people. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin sacrificed his life to win the rights for the people of the United States, until his death in April 4, 1968 (“MLK” Biography.com). He not only inspired people of the U.S., but he also influenced many people all around the world to show that violence isn’t the answer. I admire Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage, perseverance, and determination to change the lives of the people and the generations to come. Martin Luther King Jr. was a vigorous leader who led the Civil Rights Movement. His influential directorship was crucial to the achievement of the movement, which ended the separation of races in the country. “King rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which promoted nonviolent tactics, such as the massive March on Washington (1963), to achieve civil rights (”MLK” Biography.com). The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its passive resistance techniques from Gandhi. He used irenic methods to make the difference by answering spite with kindness, violence with words, and hate with love. During 1957 and 1968, King toured across the country appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action, to speak of good nature and equality (“MLK Bio” Nobelprize.org). By 1968, the years of demonstrations and confrontations were beginning to wear on Martin (“MLK” Biography.com). He was tired of marches, going to jail, and living under the constant threat of death. He was growing hopeless from the slow improvement of...
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