Martin Luther King Jr.: An Innovator of Change

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Martin Luther King Jr.: An Innovator of Change Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful and courageous man who used a non-violent manner to stand up for all that he believed in. King Jr. sought for equal rights for African Americans during his life. He not only participated but led many of the acts to push equal rights such as the bus boycott, antisegregation campaigns, the March on Washington, and civil rights rallies throughout the United States. Due to his strenuous work for equal rights, King Jr. was one of the major reasons for the passing of the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 (Bennett). Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard-working, dedicated personality is one of the predominant reasons that there are civil rights in the United States; if it…show more content…
Both finally relinquished their seats after Mrs. Bradley told King Jr. that they must follow the law (18-19). They were forced to stand in the aisle for the remaining ninety miles to Atlanta (19). These events laid the foundation for King Jr. to seek civil rights for all Americans. In addition to the discrimination that he faced during his childhood, King Jr. faced even more discrimination as an adult. On April 12, 1963, King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy guided fifty marchers to City Hall in Birmingham, Alabama (74). Before they were able to reach City Hall, Birmingham police interrupted the march and arrested the participants (74). While in jail, King Jr. was placed in solitary confinement with no mattress, pillow, or blanket and was not allowed a phone call or visitors (74). King Jr. stayed in confinement with no means of communication until the next day (74). Unknown to him, his wife called the White House to solve the crisis (74). A few hours later, King Jr. was allowed a phone call after the President, John F. Kennedy, talked to Bull Connor, who at the time was the Commissioner of Public Safety in Birmingham (74). King Jr. would spend a total eight days in jail, where he wrote letters which would eventually be published into a well-known document called “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (74-75). During King Jr.’s fight for civil rights, he and other fellow African Americans participated in many different acts that served as protests against segregation. One of
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