Martin Luther King Jr Essay

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Why was Martin Luther King Jr. such an inspiration to African Americans in America? Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister, Civil Rights leader, and activist who had a strong belief in nonviolent protests (history.com; Martin Luther King Jr.). He was the leader behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington which were eventually effective and a law was passed to end racial discrimination (history.com; Martin Luther King Jr.). On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on the bus. This caused activists to organize a bus boycott that would last 381 days, and they chose Martin Luther King to be their leader. By November of 1956, the supreme court passed a law…show more content…
On August of 1968, the voting rights act was passed by congress, which allowed all African Americans the right to vote as stated on the 15th amendment. On april 4 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated but is still remembered and honored for all his achievements during the civil rights movement. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was an act done by the face of racism and hate. In the spring of 1968, Martin luther King Jr. along with other SCLC members were called to Memphis, Tennessee to support a sanitation workers strike. They were going to protest unfair wages and unsafe working conditions. On April 3, King gave his last speech at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis (history.com; Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination). “I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” were some of the words stated by Martin Luther King Jr. during his last speech (history.com; Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination). The following day Martin Luther King was standing on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel when a bullet shot him in the neck around 6 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital where he died an hour later at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968 (history.com; Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination).

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