Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an intelligent man and he was devoted to changing people’s attitudes towards social equality. King’s insistence on non-violence never wavered even as his oppressors exercised force brutality. Mr.King fought for himself, his brothers and sisters and our equal rights to be together as one. Martin Luther King was a major factor in the respect and acknowledgement given to the Civil Rights movement during a time of unrest and unease in the country.
Mr. King stood up for what he believe in such as equality and non violence even when he was shut down, locked up and treated unfairly. Mr King was arrested in 1963 when he was protesting for the Treatment of Blacks March but was in court during July 27-August 10 and was released. He knew that by attending the march he was risking his life but he believe in his heart that he had a right to protest. Also Mr.King led a march on January 22, 1905, later called “Bloody Sunday”, when unarmed demonstrators were fired on by local police. “Bloody Sunday” was a very memorable and terrible day because many people died. Although there was no need for the shots to be fired nevertheless everyone who participated will be remembered. The Declaration of Independence says citizens have a right to fight against an unjust law. We shouldn’t be shut down because we disagree.
In additional to, he was a great speaker. On August 28, 1963 at the Washington, D.C. Lincoln Memorial, Mr.King gave a speech that became titled “I have a Dream”. This speech was a call for an end to racism. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His speech was so heart uplifting, fifty years later the Birmingham Library held and international reading of the speech with over 20 countries participating. I am so proud and thankful that other people still want to keep his name in our hearts and minds.
As one of the leaders of the boycott, a young pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as a prominent national leader of the American civil rights movement in the wake of the action. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which African Americans refused to ride city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest segregated seating, took place from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, and is regarded as the first large-scale demonstration against segregation in the U.S. The boycott of public buses by blacks in Montgomery began on the day of Parks’ court hearing and lasted 381 days. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system.
By drawing nation-wide attention to segregation, King became a core organizer of the famous 1963 March on Washington, which demanded political and economic justice for all Americans. It was a chance for King to place his concerns before the nation's capital. The March on Washington not only led to the passage of significant civil rights legislation, but it also allowed King to advocate for other human rights causes like poverty and workers' rights.
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr.