What Is The Impact Of Martin Luther King

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One morning in Washington D.C, thousands of people looked expectantly towards a podium. They were waiting for a speaker to address them and the world. A black man stepped up to the podium and with rolling tones said “I have a dream!” This man was named Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th 1929. He married, had children and became a pastor rather quickly. Under the influence of Gandhi, King started a nonviolent movement against racism. Martin lead several protests and boycott's against racist businesses and government policies. In 1963 Martin Luther King lead the March on Washington and delivered a speech called “I Have a Dream”. He continued to fight for blacks rights and he took up the cause against Vietnam. In Memphis, Tennessee, April the 4th, 1968 Martin Luther King was…show more content…
Rosa Parks had started the protest by not giving up her seat to a white man. King created a city wide boycott of the buses that lasted 385 days. The boycott resulted in a United States District Court ruling that ended all racial segregation on Montgomery buses. King was enthralled with Gandhi's idea of nonviolent protests. Martin wanted to visit Gandhi to learn his techniques and his ideas for protesting. His wish came true, and some wealthy people donated money to MLK so he could go to India. He studied the idea of nonviolent protests and the effect they had on the general populace. When King went back to America he took his new knowledge with him and began to start nonviolent marches and protests. Martin Luther King started a group called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to organize his attack on racism. He became president of this group from 1957 until his death. As the fight against racism increased MLK and the SCLC became a force to be reckoned with. They were organized and hundreds of members could march or boycott a business or a government agency at a moments
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