Martin Luther King
His experiences as a teenager living in America
As a child, Martin's encounters with racial discrimination were mild but influential. When Martin was in high school, he attended a speech contest in, where he took second prize. But, on the long bus ride back: the bus was separated, and the black people had to stand so that the white people could sit. Another example is that one day, Martin and his father went to buy some new shoes. The clerk told them to go to the back of the store. The clerk told them to go the back of the store back because they did not serve African-Americans at the front of the store. Martin and his father decided to leave the store, because they knew that this was not respectful treatment.
How being African-American affected his life
When he and his family wanted to eat at a restaurant, they had to sit in a separate section of the restaurant. They had to sit in the back of the movie theatre, and even use separate restroom facilities. He did not understand this. He went to different schools compared to white people, sat at different places at lunch time and could only use certain areas of the public libraries. Even when he wanted to take a bus he had to go on a different bus to white people or sit at the back of the bus and the segregation even went as far as people drinking from different water fountains. White friends of his were now to attend a different elementary school from his and their parents no longer allowed King to come over and play.
The impact that Martin Luther King made to change the conditions of the African-Americans
He brought equality between black and white. Highly educated blacks were constantly denied the right to vote or serve on juries. They could not eat at lunch counters, register in motels or use whites-only rest rooms, they could not buy or rent a home where they wanted to. In some rural areas in the South, they were even obligated to get off the sidewalk and stand in the street if...
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