Martin Luther King Three Ways Of Civil Disobedience Analysis

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Throughout the history of mankind, power has always been exercised on people as a way to suppress civil disobedience. Most of the time, resistance was and is still being produced as a backlash to the exercise of power. Foucault stated that: “Where there is power, there is resistance.” (1998:95) People have used different kinds of resistance to meet brutality such as acquiescence, physical violence and nonviolent resistance as stated by Martin Luther King in his article named “Three Ways of Meeting Oppression“. Our analysis will be mostly based on the justifications of M. L. King in using nonviolence rather than acquiescence or violence along with the examination of some failed cases of nonviolent resistance when the opponent was ruthless. When the word “nonviolence” is mentioned, one of the first persons that comes to our mind is Martin Luther King. He was the great leader of African-American Civil Rights Movement and the famous inspirational speaker of the “I have a dream” speech. African-Americans were being denigrated and treated as slaves for centuries by the state and most parts of the society. King became the voice of all “Negro slaves” in the U.S. by organizing nonviolent resistance movements and by giving influential speeches which would eventually awaken the sleeping portion of the society, including a huge mass of white people. His famous “I have a dream” speech is one of the main turning points in African-American Civil Rights since it was so

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