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Courage in the Face of Persecution
Posted on Saturday, February 12th 2011 - 8:08 PM by Christina McFaul

Courage in the face of persecution is the strongest type of courage that exists. To be able to stand against all your enemies, opponents, or rivals and stay firm to your beliefs and true to your convictions in the face of danger and evil is courage unlike any other I have witnessed. Courage is also openly accepting responsibility for one's actions and if need be openly accept the consequences. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks showed courage in the face of persecution by standing firm to their beliefs, values and convictions even if it went against the 'trend' of society, and they openly accepted the consequences of their actions to come from their courageous acts.

Martin Luther King Jr. defied incredible odds in order to bring equality with all races throughout the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. had a firm moral code that he lived his life by and after being arrested for all the civil rights movements he organized, he wrote a letter to the public attempting to inform of all his intentions even though he knew the incredible force he was up against. The letter was titled, "Letter from a Birmingham Jai". In this letter he talked about confronting his fears and having courage. He wrote from jail "that one must openly accept responsibility and consequences for actions, always listen to your heart and stand up for what is right."

No better real world example of courage in the face of persecution comes close to the courage that Rosa Parks displayed on December 1, 1955. On that day, she decided to board a bus and refused to give up her seat to a group of white men. As an African American woman, she was already facing tremendous amounts of persecution and discrimination. However on this day she held firm to her beliefs and morals and stated in later interview after being arrested and asked why she didn't give up her seat she stated, "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." Rosa Parks was one example of many acts during the civil rights movements as a way to try and obtain equality, however the courage she displayed in the face of many white people and refusing to abide by the 'law' showed that she is true and firm to her moral conscience and what she believes in. She openly and courageously accepted the consequences for her actions and understood that they were needed in order to prove her point in the face of persecution. "I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I did not hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became."

Courage in the face of persecution is the ability to hold firm to one's own morals and values in the face of overwhelming pressure. Some examples of courage are masked by temporary insanity in the heat of a moment. In a civilized society, acts of courage are judged by a moral code. Whether the acts are deemed unethical or heroic, they are, by definition, still forms of courage. Looking back over Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks for a real world example, one can clearly witness such demonstration of raw courage.

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