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Comparing Martin Luther King And Nelson Mandela

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Thesis: Actions, beliefs, and patience are characteristics that are comparable in both the lives of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

I. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela performed similar actions in their lives.
A. In 1955, Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the civil rights of the black population in America.
B. Similarly, in South Africa, Nelson Mandela fought for the freedom of blacks from apartheid.
II. Another similarity between King and Mandela is that they had the same beliefs.
A. King firmly supported his nonviolence protest movement for the equality of blacks in America.
B. Likewise, Mandela adhered to the ways of nonviolence to fight apartheid.
III. One similarity that Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela had was that they were patient.
A. King patiently used the method of nonviolence to fight for equal rights.
B. In the same way, Mandela also patiently fought against apartheid.

Mandela and King: Two Sides of the Same Coin
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty! We are free at last!" (King Para 25). Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela were similar in the actions they performed. King and Mandela's beliefs were another trait that was similar between them. Patience represents another similarity between King and Mandela. Actions, beliefs, and patience are characteristics that are comparable in both of the lives of Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela.
Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela performed similar actions in their lives. In 1955, Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the civil rights of the black population in America. As King states in his "I Have a Dream" speech, "I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers" (Para 20). In other words, King motivates people to fight racial discrimination. This speech was given by him in 1963 in Washington, D.C. where about 250,000 people gathered. Similarly, In South Africa, Nelson Mandela fought for the freedom of blacks from apartheid. As mentioned in Peter Limb's book Nelson Mandela: A Biography,
On June 26 (now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa), the main campaign began in earnest. Thousands of protesters challenged the rigid segregation of apartheid, entering restricted townships and 'whites-only' service points at post offices and railway stations . . . Released on bail, Mandela resumed his coordinating role, traveling around the country explaining tactics, and encouraging firm but disciplined action (Limb 51).
From this we observe that Mandela coordinated and led people to fight apartheid. As it can be concluded from the preceding information, Martin Luther King's actions and Nelson Mandela's actions justify their...

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