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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr Themes

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Justice is a principle of moral rightness and fairness. In seeking justice, Martin Luther King, Jr. taught that it was moral to be disobedient to an immoral law if one was willing to pay the penalty. King defines a moral law as one which uplifts humanity. Unjust laws impose on the minority things which are not binding upon the majority. If that minority had neither say nor part in enacting the law that is degrading to them, the law is unjust. A just law is sane, a law made by the majority which all must obey equally. Just laws provide justice. Unjust laws allow injustice.

In seeking desegregation and dignity for the Negro people, Martin Luther King fought for justice. In order to prevent degradation, humiliation and brutality, Negroes were forced to be submissive to white people. Although the Emancipation Proclamation gave the Negro the right to be...

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