Martin Luther King's View Of Freedom

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Three score years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us the true meaning of the word freedom, leaving an indelible mark on America. During the Civil Rights Movement, King preached that nonviolence and civil disobedience are the only way to fight for freedom, successfully leading Blacks in their quest for the “unalienable rights” promised by our Founding Fathers. “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline,” he urged. Freedom, he believed, is the ability for all men to think, speak, and act in the public sphere. Education is the key to thinking, speaking, and acting in a coherent and persuasive manner. Like the biblical parable in which Jesus preaches the benefit of teaching a man to fish, rather than merely giving him a fish, King believed that freedom was not simply “given.” Rather, educating a man will, ultimately, enable him to advocate for his own freedom and, in so doing, attain that freedom. King’s view of freedom is consistent with that of the Founding Fathers, who wrote, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence par. 2). These unalienable First Amendment rights of speech, press, religion, petition, and assembly, and the newly granted Reconstruction Amendments help make men free. If we are denied any one of these rights, we are not free. King had a dream of the essence of
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