Essay on Martin Luther King as a Role Model

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Martin Luther King as a Role Model Everyone has someone that they look up to. It may be a hero or a role model. Martin Luther King serves as a role model for many African Americans because of his contributions and fight towards civil rights. King became very popular and touched the lives of many. According to Robert A. Divine and other authors of America Past and Present, the arrest of Rosa Parks sparked a massive protest movement that witnessed the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr., as an eloquent new spokesman for African Americans.

King led a prominent bus boycott in honor of Mrs. Parks. The boycott successfully ended a
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On March 28, 1968, King led a march through Memphis, Tennessee, which, like all his marches, was intended to have been peaceful and non-violent. But thanks to a gang called "The Invaders," the march disintegrated into rioting and looting. King barely escaped the March 28 event unharmed, and swore to return to Memphis and "conduct this demonstration properly - with no violence." The date for the new march was set at April 4, 1968. This time, King would not survive his fateful trip to Memphis.

Additionally, local newspapers criticized King when he announced he was coming back to Memphis for a second round. Among other comments, the local press criticized him for staying at a white-owned Holiday Inn, instead of the Motel Lorraine, which was black-owned. Hoping to avoid further antagonistic press in wake of the disastrous March 28 demonstration, King's camp switched his accommodations to a room at the Motel Lorraine, where he died on April 4. From a security standpoint, changing King's lodging to this particular motel was a bad mistake. The Motel Lorraine was located in a fairly seedy part of town. The day before King arrived, someone claiming to be an advance security man dropped by the Lorraine Hotel and changed King's reservation from a ground-floor room to a second-floor balcony room, saying, "Dr. King always likes to

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