Dr martin luther king, jr believed civil disobedience, when enacted for the correct reasons, was a useful tool to fight unjust laws dr king gives guidelines and criteria for deciding if a law is just or unjust. Martin luther king jr speech civil disobedience and obeying just vs unjust laws (closed captioned) henry david thoreau - duration: civil disobedience thoreau complete video audio book. Considering civil disobedience, which best describes how thoreau and martin luther king, jr both felt about acts of civil disobedience they both believed that individuals have the right and the responsibility to protest unjust laws. Dr martin luther king, jr also liked what thoreau wrote in his autobiography , he wrote that thoreau taught him that it is as important not to help bad people as it is to help good people he said that thoreau's lessons came alive in the civil rights movement.
Martin luther king jr and henry david thoreau essay 976 words | 4 pages the essays by martin luther king jr, letters from birmingham jail and henry david thoreau, civil disobedience show how one can be a civil person and protest against unfair, unjust laws forced upon them both authors are very persuasive in their letter writings. Comparing civil disobedience by henry david thoreau and martin luther king jr - comparing civil disobedience by henry david thoreau and martin luther king jr any one can say that a law is unfair and unjust however, who is really willing to accept the consequences for going against an unjust law. Cited by both mohandas gandhi and martin luther king, jr as influential in their drive to create positive change through nonviolent means, thoreau's essay civil disobedience is just as applicable today as people search for their own role in making society better. I have a dream: the quotations of martin luther king, jr of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience it was seen sublimely in the refusal of shadrach, meshach and abednego to obey the laws of nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved.
But thoreau used his experience as the basis for civil disobedience, which he wrote to a local audience in his home state of massachusetts, and which went on to directly inspire the massively successful, national grassroots movements of gandhi, martin luther king, jr and other non-violent human rights and anti-war leaders around the. Civil disobedience is an act of protest against the unjust laws of a government it is a non-violent way to address the unjust state of affairs. How does thoreau justify the moral need for civil disobedience what principles does he rely on in his justification many leaders (mahatma gandhi, martin luther king, jr) have used thoreau's ideas on civil disobedience as the guiding force of political movements. Martin luther king, sr, quite often referred to simply as daddy king, served as the first role model for young martin luther king, jr and one of the principal influences in molding his personality. Civil disobedience, by henry david thoreau and letter from birmingham jail, by martin luther king jr 909 words | 4 pages the essays, civil disobedience, by henry david thoreau, and letter from a birmingham jail, by martin luther king, jr, incorporate the authors' opinions of justice.
Thoreau, gandhi, and martin luther king all engaged in civil disobedience, and are widely admired for doing so but how can democratic society function if each person's conscience has to be satisfied for a law to be obeyed. 57 quotes have been tagged as civil-disobedience: martin luther king jr: henry david thoreau, civil disobedience civil disobedience that won them their civil. Considering civil disobedience, which best describes one similarity between thoreau and martin luther king, jr both felt that people have the moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws which best describes one way in which civil disobedience impacted people and events later in history. Including dr martin luther king, jr of the american civil rights movement thoreau's essay opens by defining the purpose of government stating that at its best [it] is an expedient (¶1) in other words, government exists by the consent of the. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as leo tolstoy, mahatma gandhi, and martin luther king jr thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist.
Civil disobedience 1846 - henry david thoreau refused to pay a poll tax as a reaction to legal slavery - he was arrested and jailed for one night civil disobedience role of government that government is best which governs least. The practical application of civil disobedience was largely ignored until the twentieth century when, at different times, mahatma gandhi, martin luther king, jr and anti-vietnam war activists applied thoreau's principles. 1 for either homework or a class period, break your students up into groups to research the political tactics of mohandas gandhi, henry david thoreau, and martin luther king 2 in the next class have each group briefly present these political tactics 3 outline the main points on the board in three categories 4.
In 1849 henry david thoreau wrote an essay called civil disobedience which little did he know would influence great leaders such as mohandas gandhi, nelson mandela, and us civil rights leader dr martin luther king, jr martin luther king jr was born in atlanta, georgia in 1929. Henry david thoreau, a philosopher, naturalist, social reformer and author, is best known for walden, or life in the woods, his account of two years in the wilderness in his hometown of concord, massachusetts.
- martin luther king, jr wrote while imprisoned in birmingham jail in 1963 based on his behavior in civil disobedience, how would thoreau most likely feel about king's statement he would agree with king that one should engage in political protest peacefully. David henry thoreau's essay civil disobedience argues that if a government is being unfair, it is an individual's duty to stand up against it this penlighten post briefs you on the civil disobedience summary for you in an effort to explain thoreau's ideas better. Henry david thoreau's essay civil disobedience, published in 1849, has influenced civil rights leaders from president john f kennedy to gandhi to martin luther king, jr by advocating that.