“Why We Can’t Wait”: A Review of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Strategy for Civil Reform

A 6 page discussion of the manner in which Dr. Martin Luther King utilized patience and strategy in implementing civil reform in regard to black rights. This paper contends that despite the title of Dr. King’s most popular book, Dr. King did wait till the time was right for each measure of his complicated civil rights movement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Civil Rights Movement: Rosa Parks & Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 9 page paper discusses the contributions of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The writer recounts Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 and also explains the segregation laws concerning the buses in Montgomery. A small group of black women then distributed flyers asking blacks not to use the bus on the following Monday. A new committee was formed with a relatively new resident of the city as its leader - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The writer then recounts some of King's remarkable work and achievements on behalf of the civil rights movement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


Martin Luther King Jr. was considered one of the most controversial figures in the Civil Rights Movement. While he was lauded by many in his stance for freedom, he was criticized by others for his non-violent stance. This paper examines the life and philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr and some of the high points of his life, including Birmingham. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Exodus as the Theme of the Civil Rights Movement

This 5 page report discusses the fact that the biblical story of Exodus serves as powerful example and ideal for the struggles of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in America. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that the use of Exodus as both a metaphor and a source of hope was particularly powerful in terms of its religious connotations, as well as its emotional appeal. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Martin Luther King’s Ideals of Non-Violent Social Changes in Relation to the Civil Rights Movement and Legal System of His Time and Since

This is a 6 page paper outlining Martin Luther King’s messages on non-violence and brotherly love on the legal system during his time and in modern day. An outline of the civil rights movements during the time of Martin Luther King and their effects on the legal system in the United States were prominent in their time but have since evolved into quite a different movement in today’s society. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, King and his colleagues promoted the non-violent action towards peace and equality among men and women in the country. Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent ideals, King was often criticized by other activists of the “black power” movement who demanded more action and protests rather than peaceful initiatives. Nevertheless, because of many of the peaceful initiatives backed by King affiliated well developed organizations, many civil rights policies were implemented in the legal system during King’s time. In the years since King’s death however, the social movements in the black and social rights communities have changed into more conservative movements and focused largely on the political climate and unemployment, illegal drugs, violence and urban blight. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

Five American Thinkers and How They Employed the Declaration of Independence into Their Writings

In eight pages this paper examines the lasting influence of the Declaration of Independence and how five great American thinkers – Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. – employed it in their respective writings and speeches. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

Martin Luther King, Jr. & A. Philip Randolph / Comparison

A 5 page analysis and research paper that looks at the lives of these two influential Civil Rights Leaders. The name of Martin Luther King, Jr. is immediately recognizable as one of the principal architects of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Through his speeches and his writing, King was able to articulate the feelings of his generation of African-Americans and to motivate them toward political activism. The name of A. Philip Randolph is far less familiar outside of the African-American community; however, like King, Randolph was one of the principal motivator of his generation and a pioneer in gaining civil rights for African-Americans. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights

A 5 page paper which examines the various conditions that seemed to call for a civil rights movement, wherein Martin Luther King Jr. became involved, influencing many people and many conditions. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Political Action For Civil Rights

Malcolm X advocated bringing about change through "any means necessary' while Martin Luther King, Jr. followed the principles of nonviolent civil disobedience to fight for the rights of Blacks. This 5 page paper argues that Nonviolent civil disobedience is a viable alternative to political violence and was successfully used as a tactic by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. The use of 'political' violence was justified as a means to bring about change. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Addressing The Problem

Like people, written documents or verbal communications can take on a life of their own. They can be powerful, charismatic and the inherent 'personality' can change a world. This 6 page paper compares the Declaration of Independence with the "I have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

This 5 page paper provides an in depth study of this infamous event in the civil rights movement. Key players such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. are discussed. Also, President Clinton's memory of the 1955 event, as well as his honoring of Parks long after the boycott, are duly noted. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

A 4 page paper that discusses Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Civil Rights Leaders and Civil Disobedience

This 5 page paper takes a look at civil rights and the use of civil disobedience. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and David Thoreau are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Music of the 1960s

A 5 page paper which examines the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights music of the 1960s. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Fight for Equality: From the "Declaration of Independence" to a "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

A 3 page overview of the underlying fight for equality that drove the production of these two documents. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Jefferson were widely disparate in terms of their race and their socioeconomic and political footing. Both, however, were intent on abolishing a situation that they saw as wrong. No additional sources are listed.