By : Chase Grimes

A Hero to me is a person who is:






Nice to others

Stands up for others

My hero is Martin Luther King Jr. becuase he has all of these traits. He was a celebrated black civil rights activist becuase he stood up for many African Americans and strove for equality between all people.

Examples Why Matin Luther King Jr. is My Hero

Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving her seat up to a white person on a bus. The next day Dr. King set up a city-wide peaceful protest. It proved to be successful and in 1956 a federal court said the laws about this in Alabama and Montgomery were unconstitutional.

The Albany Movement

In 1961 Dr. King joined in a protest protesting Albany Ga.'s segregation policies. Martin planned only to protest for a day but he was jailed with other for protesting. He either had to go to jail or pay the fine. He chose jail. He would not pay the government for something he strongly disbelieved in.

The Birmingham Campaign

In 1963, Dr. King and a few others held protests in an Alabama city. These were to end descriminatory economic policies. They used sit ins and protests with an objective to get arrested so the jails would overflow. In the end many public places became more open to all races.

March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, King had the largest political rally ever in the US. It drew in 300,000 police and participants, to whom King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Bloody Sunday

In 1965, King organized 3 marches in Selma. The first one he could not attend because he had church duties. Protesters marched over highway 80 and it was broadcasted. It ended up being very bloody and brutal. Since it was broadcasted it had a lot of public uproar and was a turning point in the Road to Equality.

Chicago 1966

After successful peaceful demonstrations in the South Dr. King wanted to spread the movement to the North. They chose Chicago to take this on. King took about 700 people to march in a park and many white people came and threw things at them. One brick hitting Dr. King in the head. Nevertheless they moved on and finished the protest with many people injured.

In the end Martin Luther King got his goal of equality but was sadly assassinated on April 4, 1968.

This is why Martin Luther King Jr. is my hero. He has many hero qualities and stands up for many people. He has endured many things for the greater good of equality and will do anything for it. Dr. King will live on forever in the fight for equality.


Created with images by Ron Cogswell - "Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial -- Washington (DC) March 2012"

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