Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fernandez 1 April Fernandez Writing One Professor Avery 22 October 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of many beliefs and views. Through his life he fought through the acts of segregation and racism. In fighting for what he believed was right he made the world a better place. Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter entitled “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is still relevant today because he touched upon numerous issues such as the act of justice and taking direct action, which many people now still believe in. It is also a compelling letter that many still read today because of his use of appeals and the style in which it is written. When a person thinks of justice, they think of laws, what is right, and the judicial system. King stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (215). This idea may be confusing, but in my opinion, is a very powerful and meaningful statement. This quote to me meant that if people allow injustice to be around in our society, then it would hinder on our freedoms and civil liberties. For instance, King stood up against injustice and that is why he was put into jail in the first place. People saw his actions as being extreme, but in my opinion they were not. They were not extreme actions because the first amendment gives us the right to assemble freely and peacefully and that is what King did. People are allowed to assemble to stand up for what they believe in as long as they do not disturb the peace. Now, people peacefully assemble for causes such as gay rights, animal cruelty, racial issues, and many more. King showed people that they could peacefully assemble and still get what they wanted done without any violence. In my opinion, that is how things can get done better because nothing ever comes out of being violent. King never sought violence because he was a man of the church and
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Fernandez 2 he knew nothing would come of it. Many people now follow that notion and King is a primary example of it. Taking direct action is something that many people do because they are not happy with the way things are. King took action when stores refused to take off racial signs that were humiliating to him. He did it in a timely fashion and did not rush into it because he knew that would be the wrong thing to do. King wrote, “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” (217). He knew that if he waited any longer that it would turn into something that would never happen. I believe this to be relevant today
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WRIT 1 taught by Professor Avery during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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