Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King is probably the most famous person associated with the civil rights movement. People thought that nobody could change rules that were already made. This man proved everyone wrong and made that change. King was active from the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to 1956 until his murder in April 1968. To many, Martin Luther King epitomizes what the civil rights campaign was all about and he brought massive international cover to the movement.

Because Martin Luther King was a powerful social figure, he was able to accomplish a great deal by the sound of his voice. Mr. King believed in non-violence and received this practice form a man named Gandhi. According to an article, Martin Luther King’s motto that was derived from Gandhi was, “My weapons: faith in God and nonviolence.” From his background he gained his regulating Christian ideals. Mr. King once stated, “From Gandhi, I learned my operational technique”. This shows how much of an impact Gandhi really was to him. Martin Luther King then used these skills for the Civil Liberties of African Americans to try to make a change. Using these practices, Martin preached what he believed in and showed no harm to people. For example, all of Mr. King’s protests were motivated to be non-violent.

Much of martin Luther King’s work was controversial during the time in which he lived. People opposed him because of what he was trying to change. Those opposing Martin Luther King were, for the most part, people believing in segregation of the races and that black Americans were not entitled to the same rights as white Americans. Segregation was a method of keeping a group of people “in their place” by people who mistrusted and feared them. Many whites of the time feared that so many blacks joined for a single purpose could very possibly succeed. Denying rights to black Americans was determined to be unconstitutional. This fact did not matter to Dr. King's opponents and the opponents...
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