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Thesis: Martin Luther King Jr. broke the precedented racial boundaries during the civil rights movement through Ghandian ideas and philisophical texts to express his views with force and precision, a talent that would prove useful in his future leadership activities.

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1) King's leadership was forceful and appealed to all groups through nonviolent protest

A) Supported by president Democratic John F. Kennedy

B) Accepted the post of president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which was formed to coordinate a boycott of Montgomery's buses

C) Founding president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference formed to spread civil rights activities throughout the south

D) Proved his preeminence within the African-American freedom struggle through his leadership of the Birmingham, Alabama, campaign of 1963.

2) Achieving civil right goals by going on protests

A) Ending of Jim Crow Laws

B)The Birmingham demonstrations were the most massive civil rights protests that had occured up to that time

C) President John F. Kennedy introduced major new civil rights legislation

3) Symbol of freedom and peace

A) Deepened his understanding of modern religious scholarships

B) Indentified himself with theological personalism

C) Studied Ghandian methods of nonviolent protests

D) Used practices from the Black Church

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Carson, Clayborne. "Life." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 1239-1243. Gale U.S. History In Context.

Weisbrot, Robert, and Nikhil Pal Singh. "Civil Rights Movement, U.S." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and...
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