Essay on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - A Model of Courage

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a Model of Courage

To be courageous is necessarily connected with feeling personal danger. If no danger exists, no courage is possible. To show true courage, one must be nonviolent. Violence is the last resort of a coward. For one's courage to truly effect a situation, one must convince others to show the same type of courage. The perfect embodiment of moral courage in the face of serious personal danger is Martin Luther King Jr.

King stood up to bigotry through his words and actions. He showed courage without simply thinking that danger may exist, but knowing that danger would exist. He felt that the only way to truly stand up and make a difference is to be punished for just actions. This will
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To repeatedly take abuse and to never lift a fist takes a courage level that is impossible to quantify. Other civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X believed that black people must eliminate segregation and injustice "by any means necessary". This included violence as a matter of course. This was the easy way out because it reduced the freedom fighters to the level of their oppressors. King spoke about his commitment to nonviolence in his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation"

King not only preached nonviolence, he practiced it. He used words rather than fists, and marches rather than guns. King's ability to rise above the common misconception of the need to fight fire with fire, and be morally better than his oppressors was mind numbing. To be violent while making a moral stand ruins the moral stand. King's moral courage is so provocative because of his commitment to nonviolence in the face of intense violence every day.

King not only protested nonviolently, but he also protested consistently. Anytime someone was in trouble due to an unjust law of segregation; King was

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