Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther King

Henry David Thoreau was someone for Martin to look up to because of his ideals about civil rights. He even said in his autobiography that "No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau,"

Claim:  His Father, other peace leaders, and the racism around him were some of the major factors that caused him to become the civil rights leader he became.

From childhood, Gandhi was a major part of his peace leading life. He stated in his earlier religious sermons that "There is another way... as modern as Gandhi saying through Thoreau, that 'Non‑cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.'"

His Father was a black baptist pastor. always speaking out for peace and the end of segregation. His son would speak his Father's views in his own speeches.

Martin Luther King Jr.1929-1968

The racism Dr. King faced as a child, living in Atlanta was also one of the reasons he became a civil rights activist.

Leo tolstoy, as said by Dr. King himself, was his primary source of inspiration in his own writing. He admired him for his religious texts and other writings.

Martin idealised Ralph Waldo Emerson for his opposition to civil rights and his speaking out against slavery. shortly before his death, he spoke to a group of students in Philadelphia; explaining that to become an intellectual like emerson, one had to study hard and "Burn the midnight oil."


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