Essay about Martin Luther King Jr and His Life

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“Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” This quote is by John Lennon. I think it refers to what happened on August 28th 1963, a hot summer day when a quarter of a million people showed up on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. That day was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, brought together by civil rights groups and religious groups at the time, king gave a speech to try and open the countries eyes about it. Just a year earlier, only 6.7% of African Americans were able to vote in the state of Mississippi. The goal of this event was to shed light on the political and social challenges that these people faced throughout the country.
There were a ton of events happening in the 1960’s, such as the first televised presidential debates. On September 26, 1960, 70 million American viewers watched the first of four televised presidential debated between candidates Richard Nixon and John F Kennedy. They were the first debated ever to be held between the presidential nominees of the two major parties during the election season, of course we know John F Kennedy won that year. The lunch counter sit-in’s at the Woolworth’s in Greensboro, NC. The sit-ins played a big role in racial inequality throughout the south. On February 1, 1960, four African American…