The Heroic Life of Martin Luther King

600 Words3 Pages
The Heroic Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Based on the information in Britannica School Encyclopedia Martin Luther King Jr. was a historical figure in African American history. He held many things to end segregation. Martin Luther King was a hero in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, was a Civil Rights activist during the 1950’s until his death on April 4, 1968. He held many non-violent protests against segregation. He gave famous speeches, wrote books and also won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In 1953 he married Coretta Scott. To them, four children were born. King was a part of many groups and organizations that dealt with segregation. On December 1, 1955 the bus boycott…show more content…
In late October of 1960 King supported the sit-in protest performed by local African American college students; there he was arrested (12). On August 28, 1963, King held assembly where more than 200,000 people of different races attended. He gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” during this time. At the beginning of 1966 in Chicago, King originated a way to change against racial discrimination(19). Though King was arrested multiple times, not one was ever harmed by him or the people participating in his protests. He changed the lives of many people, black and white. During the Civil Rights Movements, People of color or “blacks” were treated badly because of the color of their skin. Most white people looked at African Americans as if they were animals. It was not fair to them, they didn’t like it. Colored people could not drink from the same water fountain, eat at the same restaurants, or even go to the same place as white people. Most white kids weren’t even allowed to talk to blacks, let alone play with them. Schools were nothing like they are today. No white parent in the south wanted their child to go to school with a black person; so children were separated. White children got better education, better food, better jobs; they got better things than people of color. King tried his hardest to change this. During and even after the time of Martin Luther King Jr. he was known as the most widely known African American leader (26).
Open Document