Martin Luther King Jr

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By: Anonymous E-mail: One of the world's best known advocates of non-violent social change strategies, Martin Luther King, Jr., used a combination of many highly admirable qualities to convey his message of equality and advance the fight for civil liberties both in the United States and throughout the world. His quest for knowledge and mission to enlighten others brought about rational and non-destructive social change; his speeches and remarks stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation; his charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in the nation and abroad; his courageous and selfless devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. King?s desire for knowledge was evident from his early years. Due to high scoring on college entrance exams, he was only fifteen years old when he began freshman year at Morehouse College. His quest for knowledge did not end in the classroom, however.

He continued to broaden his horizons throughout his entire life. On a visit to India in 1959, King was able to work out more clearly his understanding of Satyagraha, Gandhi's principle of non-violent persuasion, which King had determined to use as his main instrument of social protest. King fouund ways to make all the things he had learned in his life usseful in his battle for civil liberty. King, with his new understanding of Gandi?s philosophy of non-violent direct action, was now prepared to use oration as his tool to spread the message of civil liberty. His words gave black and poor people a new sense of worth and dignity. King?s speeches stimulated Southerner?s hearts and minds, and called them to fight for equality. Dr. King's speech at the march on Washington in 1963 (?I Have a Dream?), his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize...