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Steven Messier Heidi Bradley English 101 18 February 2008 Fighting Back with Words Life is not always fair to everyone. Throughout the course of history, man has struggled to gain his rights through peace and violence. While the ways these rights are achieved are not always the seemingly right thing to do, mostly what is trying to be achieved is a good thing. Whether it be Christians fighting for freedom of religion, Americans fighting for their independence, or African-Americans fighting for their freedom, man deserves the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The problem is the fights that man has to endure to gain these rights are usually not to peaceful. Christians dealt with years of persecution, Americans fought a long and hard war, and African-Americans dealt with years of slavery. But ultimately, man will prevail. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who would not stand up for social injustice and persecution, he knew that he had rights as an American citizen, and the color of his skin made no difference to what he deserved. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” sums up the hatred and persecution that Martin Luther King Jr. and all other African-Americans went through in a very
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