Historical Influences On Martin Luther King Jr.

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One historical figure that influences me is Martin Luther King Jr. He was an African-American activist and a political leader. During the Segregation in 50’s and 60’s in USA, he stood up for black people’s rights. However, he did not defend their rights by violence, he did it by peace. In my opinion this aspect separates him from revolutionists. Like Gandhi, he showed the world that peace is the only way to compromise. Violence works for short term it is not a permanent solution. Breaking down prejudices against black people was not easy to accomplish. We must bear in mind that violence was used during the protests and it was normal for cops to kill black people on streets. Martin Luther King Jr. was the symbol of hope for millions of people.
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