Ferdinand Riley Jr.
Prof. Lee Hinds
English Comp II
April 04, 2014 Well Informed Intrusion
The moral compass of a man determines his place in society, not his color, creed, or financial status in the eyes of God. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. felt it his duty to preach the gospel of freedom. God gave him the voice and a choice, he decided to be the voice of justice. “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.” The quote taken from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.
“The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” John F. Kennedy, stated in his 1961 inaugural address. With certainty these statements made by John F. Kennedy had some influence on the citizens of the communities in which Dr. King represents. Mainly, change came from actions. Actions come from being wronged. The advocating of non-violence and civil disobedience, displayed by the members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose president is Dr. King, could only show the humanistic qualities of the Negro people.
The amount of resolve and self-worth it takes to stand up against a whole system. Especially since it is overtly set up for you to be demonized and viewed as less of the human being God designed you to be. “The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet like speed to gain political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace to get a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.” (King)
Put plainly by him in a letter written while confined in a Birmingham City Jail cell, after leading a peaceful protest. Dr. King did not sulk in self-pity or shame. More than ever he evolved. Taking this unwarranted hiatus from his civil duties he began penning what is to become an ominous letter addressing the motive for his so called unwise and untimely arrival in the City of Birmingham.
When the members of the…
Ferdinand Riley Jr.