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Michael Joyce October 31, 2007 History 151 Response Paper #6: Martin Luther King Jr. During the civil rights movement, there was one key figure that revolutionized its progress. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s profound words in his “I Have a Dream” speech gave Americans a wake up call as to how poorly blacks were being treated and also gave the non-minority population a superior understanding of the civil rights that blacks were not receiving. After reading both views in Taking Sides, I came to realize that one leader can have a more memorable impact than non-elite people demanding change. Martin Luther King Jr. gives the non-elite people a foundation to rally around. The “Great Man”, being Dr. King, sets an example for blacks and also opens the eyes of non-minorities and changes society’s ideals as a whole regarding the segregation and mistreatment of blacks in America. The “top-down” approach meaning one major leader invoking social change in a society seems to be the most effective way to change a society.
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