Civil Resistance Paper

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Matthew Wolff Com 380 3/17/2014 Martin Luther King and Civil Resistance Arguably the most famous civil resistance leader in American history was Martin Luther King Jr. MLK always defended his people and even defied the law regardless of the consequences in order to send a message. He was fearless and often did whatever necessary to advance civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s. His style of protest is often what is most remembered about him. He used nonviolent civil disobedience tactics, which stemmed from his devotion to his Christian faith. King assembled a large following that helped him to spread his beliefs on a larger scale. He amassed this following through the creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was created in 1957 by King and other prominent civil rights leaders at the time. The aim of this club was to gather moral authority and organize the power of black churches at the time to conduct nonviolent protests in the service of civil rights reform. This group organized and led marches for blacks’ right to vote, desegregation, labor rights and other basic civil rights. What made King so successful in his nonviolent form of protesting was his ability to express his beliefs through the power of language. He chose to be vocal about his dissatisfaction with his people’s racial predicament. King spoke as though he was speaking on behalf of his entire race. He was a man of his people and represented their needs and desire to gain equality. King spoke directly against authority, not in a malicious way, but more in a way where he offered criticism and ways in which society needed to reform itself. During the 1963 March on Washington, King delivered perhaps his most famous speech called “I Have a Dream.” This speech called for an end to racism and desegregation in America that was still very prevalent at the time.
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