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Multi-paragraph Essay (Done Together)

(Intro, Similarities, Differences, Conclusion)


“Yes We Can!” and “I Have a Dream!” are inspirational quotes from two important leaders. The two historic leaders who stated these messages were Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. These phenomenal leaders have many similarities and differences.

MLK and Barack Obama are alike in many ways. They both believed that everyone should be treated equally. MLK gave a passionate, outstanding and inspirational speech where he stated, “I have a dream that one day in Alabama little black boys and black girls will join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” Barack Obama also wanted to make changes in the world by helping the hungry and the homeless. Another similarity between MLK and Obama is that they both had African American fathers who taught them important lessons. MLK learned to fight for what was right peacefully, at the same time, Obama’s father instilled in him the desire to get a good education to become successful. In addition, they were both significant speakers and leaders.  MLK successfully led African Americans in their fight against the Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. Barack Obama was elected the first African American president of the United States and led our country.

Although the men were very similar, there are many differences as well. Martin Luther King was a preacher, on the other hand, Obama was a lawyer and politician. Barack parents were divorced and he lived all over the world, although Martin was raised in the south and his parents were married. MLK experienced violence  and racism during his protests, his home was even bombed as a result. Although Obama experienced racism as well, his home was never attacked.

In conclusion, Barack Obama and Martin Luther King are alike many ways, yet different. They both made changes in history. Their differences in their childhoods helped make them what they are today. We can all inspire to be like them someday!    

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