How Did Martin Luther King Change A Social Movement

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Throughout history, many social protests have caused an uprising and agitation in an otherwise overlooked flaw or exaggerated prejudice against a certain situation. The main influences include that of Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent protests, and their efforts for an equal America, the anti-war movements of the 1960s or even the recent social protests against Prop 8 and gay rights. All three have in common a genuine effort to change a situation that the appointed leaders of our country fail to deem as an extremely poor direction for our country. Without the efforts of such leaders as Martin Luther King or the Anti-war movement including Benjamin Spock, the SANE committee and SPU organization, change would have not come as soon as it would…show more content…
Instead of calling attention a most dire issue, the government fails to create a solution to re-route funding back into the fields of the true heroes of our country; doctors and nurses. Regardless of this situation, the presidential inauguration is being taken place when members of a new committee, SOB (Save our Babies) decide to take action. According to Plato, "one simply has to conduct one's defense and argue one's case against an invisible opponent” (Line 18d Apology) SOB’s efforts, although a bit radical, do send an important message to our country which cannot be ignored. The motivations behind SOB’s actions are clear. They want a change, and they want it now. If they can't get action now, then they want it sooner than anyone else had in mind. Many of the motivations behind social protest movements are really just a passionate desire for the good of all. SOB in this case, is protesting for the…show more content…
Even the banner held up simply reads, “SAVE OUR BABIES!” but how should we save these babies? The political tactics that most protest groups exhibit have to do with that exact situation, and its organization. In this case, I believe that the SOB’s attempts were a positive force in the struggle to provide proper medical assistance to infants and children. However, the protests did not alleviate any grievances or really make an immediate difference. Although, with this added initiative and the interest of new stations and the public, politicians are more likely to act on the issue. Moreover, the traffic jam situation adds an extra nuisance for politicians. If the banners and signs do not do it for them, the inconveniencing of local law enforcement to clear up the jam will. Without effort, comes no change. Without perseverance, comes no solution. The importance of SOB’s efforts is really the main idea behind it all. If we don’t exercise our rights by protesting for a just cause, they will be taken for granted and taken away. The importance of protests is somewhat diminished as time goes by because we can’t march to better healthcare or cause civil disobedience to change the budget deficit. We need to conduct meetings and propose a plan
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