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A Lesson in Nonviolent Protest

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    "You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea."

    - Medgar Evers


    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
    but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    - Martin Luther King, Jr.



    It took brave individuals to stand up for the rights that should have been a Constitutional birthright. Inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people of all color took part in non-violent protests that would last for many years. The protests took many forms- boycotts, "sit-ins," freedom rides and marches to name just a few. Their efforts would be rewarded, but it would be a long journey.
    Continue reading the attached document then respond to the prompt below. 

    What would you give up?
    Write a one-page, double-spaced journal entry based on the following prompts:

    ·Would you be willing to give up the use of a vehicle for a year in order to protest against oil companies profits? If not oil companies, is there another cause you would be willing to take action for? (animal cruelty, human rights violations, ending genocide in Africa)

    · Think about what civil rights activitists sacrificed in order to gain equality, do you think you would have taken up the cause with them?

    ·List three items you would be willing to give upin order to support a cause or show your commitment. Explain why you chose each item.

    Submit your one page entry on the next page.