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The Hero's Journey of Martin Luther King Jr.

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on 16 January 2014

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Transcript of The Hero's Journey of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Call
“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse, and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper” (King Jr. 3).

Martin Luther king Jr.'s life journey as a hero
The Threshold
“[...] Birmingham. The largest industrial city in the South [...] it was a community in which human rights had been trampled for so long that fear and oppression were as thick in its atmosphere as the smog from its factories” (King Jr. 42).

Challenges
“If you have visited Birmingham before the third of April [...] you might have come to a startling conclusion. You might have concluded that here was a city which had been trapped for decades in a Rip Van Winkle slumber” (King Jr. 44).

Abyss
"As we talked, a sense of doom began to pervade the room. I looked about me and saw that for the first time, our most dedicated and devoted leaders were overwhelmed by a feeling of hopelessness" (King Jr. 79).
Return
"Not all modern-history is told the American people on the evening news. It is the triumph of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's, life and legacy that the ceilings have been lifted off our dreams," (King Jr. 1948).
Why We Can't Wait
By: Martin Luther King Jr.

The Stages of the Hero's Journey
Call to action
Threshold
Challenges
Abyss
Transformation
Return
Transformation
" 'Harry Belafonte has been able to raise fifty thousand dollars for bail bonds/ It is available immediately [...]' I found it hard to say what I felt. Jones's message had brought me more than relief [...] i don't know whether the sun was shining at that moment. But i know that once again I could see light" (King Jr. 84)
Conclusion
"The injunction method has now become the leading instrument of the South to block the direct-action civil-rights drive and to prevent Negro citizens and their white allies from engaging in peaceable assembly [...]" (King Jr. 77).
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