The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

1123 WordsFeb 24, 20184 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was known as an activist and a remarkable leader for African Americans throughout the Civil Rights Movement. He was put in jail for his non-violent civil rights campaigns, spoke out for racial justice, and tried to find an end to racial discrimination. King’s legacy is still known present day, and continues to be one of the most well known leaders. Throughout Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifetime and the Civil Rights Movement, King was devoted to abolish segregation, while bringing equality and justice for his fellow African Americans. With the use of Civil Disobedience, Martin Luther King Jr. was able to end segregation and bring justice to African Americans, while using Mohandas K. Gandhi’s philosophy of a non-violent approach, which used more strength than violence. Established in 1957 after the Montgomery bus boycott ended, the Southern Christian Leadership was formed in Atlanta, Georgia, and Martin Luther King Jr. was the president. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also known as SCLC, was formed to end discrimination towards African Americans with the use of Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent protesting or civil disobedience. The SCLC was made of churches and the ministry of the church from throughout the South, and was developed to organize the protests influenced by the accomplishment of the bus boycott. This group caused the desegregation of some cities in southern states; some of these cities were
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