One of the greatest activists known for pursuing a change within society, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” In most cases humanity spends its time simply living, but there are few people who do not simply live but find their purpose in pursing change within society, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each of these individuals promoted change because of their clear vision, patience, persistence and inability to be content with their society and its oppression.
Specifically, in the 1960’s, Dr. Martin Luther King did promote change. King was able to bring freedom for a minority group of people, demanded laws to be changed to just laws as well as made it his destiny to fight unwaveringly for the justice of Negros no matter the consequences, even it meant life in prison. However, to pursue such a drastic change in society as that one, King must have had specific characteristics and abilities as well as become motivated steadily in order to successfully make the impact he has upon society today.
In doing so, Dr. Martin Luther King became motivated by the issue of segregation as he and his negro brothers and sisters endured the brutality of white Americans, whether they were the police or white ministers. Not only did he endure the pain and violence his teachings and values brought, but he never chose to fight back with violence. King taught himself and the other Negros that violence was not the answer. Instead, he became educated about the issue and simply used his words as his weapons.
Specifically, in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, King writes logically, emotionally and credibly, embodying the text and calling out government officials on their empty promises even referencing his personal experiences with his children of wanting to go to “Funtown” (King 2). He explains how “the depressing clouds” that formed in the eyes of his daughter as well as his son (King 2). King included this in his letter to express that grief and sorrow a parent must endure when they simply cannot meet the wishes of their children. Something as simple as taking their children to the park could not be done because of the social culture of segregation they were not specifically the blame for but experienced the consequences of. Knowing this, King knew he had to fight for change not only for his children but all the parents and children who experienced the same.
Along with the motivation from seeing personal sufferings, King elicits the essence of a strong-born leader. He had the qualities of strength, bravery, and courage to be able to speak out against his government and become an inspiration for all.