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Courage Throughout The Ages Essay

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Courage is doing things you have no control over and dealing with it the best you can. It is overcoming grief. It is that soldier sacrificing his/her life for our freedom in our wonderful country. It is holding your mother's hand as she takes those last few breaths after a long battle with cancer when there is no one else by their side, to comfort them through their time of need. It is dealing with the death of a close relative. It is giving for others when you have nothing left to give, and you smile, because you know you made a difference in the world. Courage is being able to do the right thing when it is not popular choice. Courage is being able to step out of your comfort zone to help others. Courage is not something you are born with it is a simple act of doing the right thing.
Barack Obama is a very courageous person. What he did was extraordinarily courageous. The reason Obama is a brave individual is because he ran for office in a time when many were not sure if America was ready for an African American president. He remade history and still is to this day. Barack said he had many doubts about running as our president , not only did he run once but he ran twice, but the fact was that he ran, he stood in the face of racism, and not only ran but won. He was courageous because he went through with running when many people believed he would never become the president of the United States of America Secondly, he was courageous because he took on a huge responsibility. Being president is a large responsibility in itself, but it makes it ten times harder when you have a national debt to deal with, two wars, and terrorist threats impending over us as a country regularly. He has a lot on his plate to deal with, and he stood in the face of all of these issues. This is true courage.
Rev. Martin Luther king Jr. another courageous person. He has led marches for Civil Rights for Black people. These marches and protests in the late 1950s and early mid 1960s were designed to call attention to in just practices of city bus policies, voting rights, job and housing discrimination. His philosophy was non-violence, so that when the police and Ku Klux Klan types taunted, spat on, and beat the marchers, even killed several, his response was not to respond in kind. The feeling was that press coverage of firehouses; attack dogs, axe handle beatings and bloodied protesters showing up on TV screens across the country would infuriate the US public and pressure Congress to pressure cities and States where these discriminatory actions took place. His philosophy did not universally supported in the Black Community, as witnessed the rise of the Black Panther Party and other more militant protesters. The way Martin chose to act in the civil rights movement instead of just shrugging it off as if it was nothing. This proves he is a very courage being.
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