Many Rivers to Cross – Rise!

The civil rights era, sparked a monumental movement in response to racism all throughout the nation and Jim Crow laws. The movement was ignited by Rosa Parks unwillingness to give up her seat, a long sought after lawsuit that E.D. Nixon felt would change laws in the South. As a result this led way for the success and rise of Martin Luther King Jr. King was deeply influenced not only by his Christian beliefs, but also the teachings of Gandhi. He deeply believed in standing up for change and what was right, but he believed in doing so by loving all people including one’s enemies, and saw peace as the way towards progress, even if this meant putting one’s self in harms way or going to jail.  King was quoted as saying: “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law” ― Martin Luther King Jr.  In order to understand what King meant one must first understand the source from which he developed his ideologies. He was heavily devoted to the teachings of Ghandi and at one point considered traveling to India to further understand his teachings. Mahatma Gandhi said: It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”  In conclusion, King believed that he was upholding the law because the law is supposed to be blind and just and that if the law is flawed then it is up to the people to change it, thus upholding the ultimate structure of the law and the belief that it is the action not the result of the action that is important.

 

 

 

 

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