Social Studies 2019

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Comparisons between Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Sr were both very religious people.  This made MLK even more disliked. He gave many messages in the church as well as to the public. Martin Luther King Jr became a minister. This similar to  Martin Luther because he was a monk and wanted people to respect religion properly.
  • Martin Luther was against the Catholic Church because the pope and church clergy would have the church buying indulgences because they thought that if they did so then they would be forgiven of their sins. Martin Luther knew that it was just a way for the Catholic church to be over wealthy and have mounds of power.  This is similar to Nelson Mandela because he believed that those of the Caucasian race had too much power over South Africa. 
  • In South Africa,  white and black people lived separately under a system called  apartheid.   Those of the Caucasian race was  a small portion of the population, but was  over all the South African citizens.  Just like how  segragation was in America, both races had separate bathrooms,  hospitals, schools,  etc. while the white people had better  conditions. This is similar to Martin Luther King Jr  because he wanted to end segragation and have equal rights for all. 
  • At the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech during the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The speech was  presented for civil and economic rights as well as  a  way to bring awareness to America  of the need for equal rights. Although this was against the government, many attended and it made history. This is similar to Martin Luther  because  he was against the "government" or clergy  of the  Catholic church. For this reason, he made the  95 these and sparked the  Protestant Reformation.
  • Writing based of his beliefs, Martin Luther created "The 95 Theses" also known as "Disputation on the Power and Efficiency of Indulgences". The 95 theses is a list of questions and propositon for debate. This is what began the Protestant Reformation. It is said that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther made a bold confrontation and nailed a copy of his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle church. Nelson Mandela was also a very brave person. He was even arrested with 27 years worth of jail time. 
  • April 20, 1964, Nelson Mandela was charged with sabotage. Mandela provided a statement during his trial that revealed that he is willing to give his life in an effort to end white racist rule and to fight against apartheid. Martin Luther was on house arrest due disrespecting the Catholic church by nailing his 95 Theses to its door. Martin Luther King Jr was arrested because he and many others were protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham, Alabama.
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