Arguing for the Effectiveness of Civil Disobedience The Message of Martin Luther King Jr. in Sit-In and Bussing Protests of the Civil Rights Era This study will examine the nature of civil disobedience within the religious anti-racism platform of Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. By comparing the work of Martin Luther King to the secular doctrines of civil disobedience in the writings of Henry David Thoreau, a secular society application of non-violence need not be separated from religion. King was a highly religious man, and he used religion to inspire strength in his community by adhering to Biblical principles. The issue of non-violence, although taken from Thoreau’s work, does not have to possess greater secular formatting...The end:
..... measures in conflict. Since violence was the key way in which police used overwhelming force against African Americans, it provided a justifiably a highly transparent way in which racism could be exposed in the mainstream media. This is, yet again, another historical form of protest that King used through Thoreau’s ideology of civil disobedience in the Civil Rights Era. Works Cited King, Martin Luther. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” 2010. The Nobel Prize Internet Archive. April 8, 2010. <http://almaz.com/nobel/peace/MLK-jail.html> Suber, Peter. “Civil Disobedience.” 2010. Earlham University. April 8, 2010. <http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/civ-dis.htm> Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience. New York: Createspace, 2009.