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Martin Luther King Jr By Bo Collingwood

Violence was not the key to him but it was to the white people. He thought non violence was the way to protest in the 50’s and 60’s. One of his famous quotes was ''I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character’’. After this quote you are probably thinking that this is Martin Luther King Jr, and you are right. He inspired people to help out with abolishing segregation. Also Martin Luther King played a big part in the civil rights movement. This website will discuss how Martin Luther King changed society. This civil rights leader had a MAJOR impact in the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King tried to end segregation by

  • Doing peaceful protests.
  • Organizing marches with other civil rights leaders.
  • Led many protests for no segregation.
  • He was the president for the southern leadership conference where he traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2500 times.

Some types of protesting was to sit at a counter where white people sit and you would sit there until you get your food. Another type of protesting was to just walk in a big group down the street. There was many more ways to protest during the times of segregation.

Did you know he was a baptist minister?

Positive consequences

Martin Luther king won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Martin received this award because he was the winner of nonviolent resistance. Martin Luther King Jr also met with John F Kennedy to thank him for his support in the Georgia protest where he was thrown in jail, and arranged protection for protest going forward such as in Montgomery, Alabama. Also, he was chosen to lead a boycott of segregated city buses to protest unequal rights. Martin became a leader of so many things, he was very popular. He was also elected president for the southern leadership conference. After all the positive things MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. had accomplished, people wanted to follow his footsteps in being a leader.

Negative Consequences

Because Martin Luther King Jr was black during times of segregation, he had a lot of negative consequences. King went to the Birmingham jail because other activists and him were protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham Alabama. Because he was a civil rights leader he got targeted a lot, such as when he got assassinated. On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr got assassinated while he was standing on a balcony of a motel in Memphis Tennessee. He was shot by the city garbage workers. This was a very sad time for a lot of people including his wife and 4 kids.

Martin Luther King Jr tried to get equal rights, of course. But what is equal rights? It is getting the same rights as other people. Most of the southern part of the US had segregation, whites were treating the blacks poorly. An example of this was blacks could not drink out of water fountains that white people drank from, and they couldn't sit on the white side. Also when they did a peaceful protest they got sprayed with fire hoses. When Martin Luther King Jr tried to end segregation he led protests and many more things to end the segregation that was happening in the south.

Martin Luther King wanted to end segregation because many things were unfair for the blacks, like they couldn't sit were whites sat or they couldn't drink from the same water fountain as them . Also he wanted his kids to live in a nation that could be free.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
The time is always right to do what is right.

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