Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay

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HISTORIC FIGURE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Historic Figure: Martin Luther King, Jr.
i. Life and education. ii. Motivation. iii. Attributes and qualities. iv. Movements, protests and activities.
v. Achievements and awards. vi. His legacy. Historic Figure: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is a legend whose life, ideas and actions had great influence in the civil rights movement and liberation of the oppressed in the US and the world. King was born on Saturday, January 15th 1929 in Georgia, Atlanta as reported in Nobelprize.org (Nobelprize.org 1). He was the second born and first son to Martin Luther King, Sr, a minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and Alberta Williams King, a school-teacher. He
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King was far intelligent even in his young age and with a religious background which enabled him grow up into a righteous young man who pondered weighty issues and who spoke on advanced ideas that were always far beyond his years and experience. He was an eloquent and speaker full of confidence and power who encouraged and bewildered his audience. He was compassionate and reached to millions of people all over the world with pride and zeal. He was loved by those under oppressive regimes or despised by society as he promised them hope and friendship. He had extremely simple views and thoughts but his vision encompassed the whole of humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was allotted pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery in 1954. It was during his ministerial time that he became part of the Montgomery Bus in Boycott December 5, 1955. The boycott which lasted for 385 days, was due to the arrest of Rosa Parks was arrested for denying a white man her seat on the bus. Although King was faced with several tribulations the boycott made the Court make a ruling that end racial segregation on Montgomery buses (Nobelprize.org 1).
In 1957, King with other civil rights activists formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.) and served as its president till his death. The group advocated for orderly, nonviolent protests for reforms in civil laws that segregated African-Americans. He

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