Martin Luther King Jr and Ghandi Zach lehman,sean mandEl,meghan shay,DarRius scoTt,Abby Ullum


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is known as the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites.


Mahatma Gandhi was the main leader of India’s independence movement and also the engineer of a form of non-violent civil protest that would influence the world. He influenced Martin Luther King Jr during the civil rights movement.

Impact on the US

The bus boycott was just one example where, under King’s influence, the civil rights movement gained respect and attention .

Martin Luther King Jr’s U.S. civil rights victories and speeches were inspiration for people who were involved in international racial injustice. By 1964 the United Nations' membership had doubled from its 1945 levels. Almost 75% of these new members were from developing countries who were committed to stop racial injustice.

Ghandi's idea of peaceful protesting reached the USA during the civil rights movements. Martin Luther King Jr used Ghandi's ideas to help stop segregation in the US.

Impact on rock and roll

Martin Luther King Jr used music to influence people's thoughts on the civil right movement. African American spirituals, gospel, and folk music all played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. Singers and musicians collaborated with ethnomusicologists and song collectors to disseminate songs to activists, both at large meetings and through publications. They sang these songs for multiple purposes: to motivate them through long marches, for psychological strength against harassment and brutality, and sometimes to simply pass the time when waiting for something to happen.



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