Revolution Definition

My definition of revolution is the complete change of a system furthered by texts, with the guidance of leaders, or a combination of the two, over an extended period of time. Revolutions are met with controversy or created with the intentions of creating conflict in order to over turn a system. Also a revolution is a change in the system that occurs after an extended period of time, which takes perseverance from society.  Furthermore, change occurs when a large group of people are willing to spread the ideas that there must be a change in the current system.

My definition for a revolution was influenced through the units, class discussions and through the readings.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary leader through his ideas regarding segregation and his willingness to fight for justice and be a fearless leader of the african american community. He defied segregation around America “because my people are suffering” (48) and because “injustice exists here” (48). King spent his life fighting for a revolution of values with the purpose of ending segregation. In terms of the definition I created of revolution King follows it by firstly, his letter which was written in Birmingham jail which led his views to be spread on a large scale throughout America. He was the leader of this movement and he used his words to attract people that shared his views to join him to fight against the white moderates and others. king’s spreading of views lead to constant controversy which is seen through the violence that many African Americans experienced despite their use of non violent direct action. In King’s letter from Birmingham jail he mentions the violence of the police force who act in “ugly and inhumane” ways towards “unarmed, nonviolent Negroes” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail (New York, NY: Writer’s House, 1963), quoted in Jonathan Rieder, Gospel to Freedom: Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed the Nation. (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2014). King addresses the violence of the police force to create “tension” so that the issues of segregation “can no longer be ignored.” King’s ultimate desire was to “create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation” (172).

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