Famous Thinkers Paper

1600 words - 7 pages

Famous Thinkers Paper
PHL/458
11/4/2013

Famous Thinkers

Two famous thinkers are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and William “Bill” Gates. I admire these two famous thinkers for the impact and influence they both have had on society. These two famous thinkers have contributed and positively affected many lives past and present. Both famous thinkers had to overcome hardships and use their creative minds to deal with challenges, obstacles, and issues. These two have changed and created their own history and legacy, which will be written in history books for the world to see.

Contributions to Society

Born Michael King Jr. in 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the ...view middle of the document...

Bill Gates has given 65% of his billions to his organization Bill and Melinda Gates, which was created by him and his wife Melinda (2004, Dec.) The main focus on the Gates’ foundation and their public awareness work includes global health and population control programs, increased library technology, minority scholarships, and education reform (2004, Dec.) He plans to give away up to 95% of his riches by the time he passes away. He is well known for the creation of Microsoft. Microsoft is the leader of all computer software and used by almost everyone all over the world.

Personal/Social/Political Environments

Dr. King attended and received a degree in Sociology from Morehouse College at the age of 19. He attended Crozer Theological Seminary and later completed his doctorate at Boston University. Dr. King helps the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, authorizing the federal government to enforce desegregation in publicly owned facilities. He also helped the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington changed the lived and captured the hearts of many people. Dr. King fought for equality for Whites and Blacks. Dr. King promoted non- violence even when he lost support of some of his followers because he refused to retaliate against violent acts, Dr. King would still continue to lead peaceful marches (Kersey, 2012) Dr. King was a very powerful man and many feared him because he was so powerful. His actions and creative thought process is why a black man such as himself can now sit in a classroom with a white classmate. His strength, courage and drive are the reasons we are able to have equal rights no matter our origin and the color of our skin.

At the early age of 13 Bill Gates found an interest in computers. He created his first program in prep school when he designed a tic-tac-toe game for his peers. Bill would later be co-founder of Microsoft which is the largest software company in the world (Wirthman, 1998) Bill is one of the greatest philanthropists in the world. Bill followed in the footsteps of his mom being a community activist. Bill involves himself with issues that dealt with health, education and information technology. He gives millions of dollars to create scholarships and research projects every year. Without Bills innovative approach, technology would not be at the level it is today. He is a giving noble individual who prides on helping and giving back to what he believes in (Riepe, 2002) His scholarship programs have helped numerous low income families obtain a college degree.

Problems and/or Issues

Dr. King devoted most of his life to solving problems. His main problem was fighting for racial equality. The struggle for racial equality has been an issue Dr. King faced as a child and as an adult. He believed he could desegregate the nation. Life as we know it would not exist if Dr. King did not take the initiative to fight for racial equality.

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