"The Way It Is" Constructed Response Activity

"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

 ~ Henry David Thoreau ( 1817 - 1862 )


"Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population."

~ Albert Einstein ( 1879 - 1955 )


"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.  ( 1929-1968 )

"...Well they passed a law in '64 To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far Because the law don't change another's mind..."

~ Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is  1986

1) Explain the meaning of the top quote.

2) What does the term civil disobedience mean? Why was this type of protest so powerful and effective?

3) The song, "The Way It Is" and the documents above refer to the importance and impact of laws? Compare the views expressed in each source. Are they similar or different? Be sure to cite specific language and lyrics from each in your explanation.

4) Write meaningful sentences about the Civil Rights Movement using each of the following concept words; change, choice, justice, power and empathy.

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