A Hero: Martin Luther King Martin Luther continues even posthumously to remain a champion hero to the freedom loving people not only in America, but the world over. We can not imagine the world without a figure like him having graced our world and for providing a rudder to a world sailing without direction as far a human rights and freedom are concerned. In fact, whenever there is any talk or ongoing struggle for the achievement of equality and freedom, the name of Martin Luther King will be foremost mentioned for all time to come and his laid down principle of non-violently demanding these rights will always remain a guiding force upon which such struggles can be based. It was the strong self and righteous belief in equality and freedom that made Martin Luther King rise with such absolute selflessness and fight for the equal rights of not only the Black population but for all people in America who continued to suffer injustices in his era of the 1960s. The impacting legacy that Martin Luther King left behind reflects the intensity, intelligence, knowledge, inner-self that this great freedom fighter possessed and it tells us of the injustices that had prevailed in the generation before ours. Every aspect of Martin Luther Kings lifer also tells us of the constant dangers he faced in his life time because of his self-belief and clearly exhibits the courage and spiritually that he possessed. Martin Luther Kings strength of character can be gauged from the physical risks he took and the courage he displayed whenever he led the various marches together with his supporters in sometimes extremely hostile conditions.
The motives of Martin Luther in the German states and King Henry VIII in England could not have been much more dissimilar than they were. However, their actions of bringing about reform likened them. Martin Luther was motivated to reform the church solely for religious reasons; mostly frustration with the corruption of the Catholic Church, while King Henry VIII was motivated by both his personal ...
In one such famous march in Selma, Alabama, the police had allowed their dogs to attack and even bite Martin Luther King and his supporters. Besides this injustice, water cannons were also used against them and thereafter they were physically beaten up by the police. However, Kings non-violent methods of protest inspired all his followers and ultimately prevailed in the successfully recognition of the civil rights movement. Despite the fact that his life was constantly in danger and he was threatened numerous times, Martin Luther King continued to lead from the front and speak out against the prejudices and injustices. Perhaps realizing that he would be killed because of his beliefs, just a few days before he was killed he had delivered one of his famous speeches, I may not get there with you . .
. to a black audience. In this speech as if he knew how exactly he was going to be killed, he with eerie precision predicted how his life would end. This champion hero changed the world through his inspiration and specifically transformed America into a country where there were equal opportunities and civil rights for all its citizens. Kings speeches were heroic and inspiring, showing a deep spiritual love for what he was trying to say. King showed the strength to stand up for his beliefs, and the beliefs of others. His devotion as a pastor led King to organize non-violent protests to bring the Civil Rights Movement forward.
The article, A Heros Journey, gave one definition that stated: the other kind [of heroic deed] is the spiritual deed, in which the hero learns to experience the supernatural range of human spiritual life and then comes back with a message. Martin Luther King shared a message of hope, not just for Blacks, but for all Americans, which touched peoples hearts. In one of the last speeches known as I have been to the Mountaintop that Martin Luther King delivered on April 3, 1968, he prophetically told a crowd gathered at the Mason Temple It really doesn’t matter what happens now some began to talk about the threats that were outwhat would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place, but I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain! And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding, and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King used non violence as a weapon to bring justice and equality to the segregated Black society of America. He was one of the few people who stood up against society and tried to change what ...
And so I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord! While this speech was highly inspirational in the message and hope that it conveyed to the Black people, it also characterized Kings strong spiritual belief as well as courage because it was very apparent to him that his life was in danger. While Martin Luther King had everything to live for he paid the ultimate price with his life us so that his dreams for freedom would some day prove to be a reality for us. This great political activist was also one of the greatest orators of America and he was the youngest man ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his services as a peacemaker, promoter of non-violence and for advocating equal treatment for all the different races in America. (Martin Luther King Jr. & Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham) Works Cited: Martin Luther King Jr.
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