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Martin Luther King Jr. And His Dream

What Martin Luther King Jr. wanted

Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American man who sought racial equality, he wanted to protest to achieve his goal. But he figured that violence against violence wasn't going to do him any good so he protested nonviolently.

"Love is the only thing capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

The reason that he wanted this change was because in the south and other parts of America, black people were treated unequal to white people. It was legal and common for African Americans to be banned from using the same facilities as whites. Some of these facilities were bathrooms, diners, and schools. Whwwwen he was just six he was playing with to white friends, but their friendship was cut short by the white kid's parents. King never forgot about this. One summer he was on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. He observed and he was in awe at how peacefully the races mixed. They attended the same restaurants, schools, and churches. King wrote to his parents, “I never thought a person of my race could eat anywhere.” This only deepened his hate for racial inequality.

What a segregated water fountain looked like

What did he do about it?

To try and stop racial discrimination he organized a mass protest against racial discrimination. In December of 1955 he was chosen to lead a bus boycott to to equal rights for African Americans on buses, that put a major strain on the public transit system and on November 13, 1956 segregation on buses was made illegal and unconstitutional. And in the eleven year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled all around the United States, speaking over twenty five thousand times and appearing wherever there was injustice, protest and action

Martin Luther King at his "I Have a Dream" speech.
One of the first rides after segregation on buses was made illegal

Consequences

King also became a target to white people who didn’t want change. During his protests King was arrested over twenty five times, assaulted at least four times, subjected to personal abuse, and had his own home bombed. But it wasn’t all bad consequences, King got a number of prizes because of all the great things that he had done. He was awarded five honorary degrees, and named man of the year by Times Magazines in 1963. Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man to have received a Nobel Peace Prize at age thirty five. when he was notified of his earnings of $54,123 he announced that he would turn it over to the advancement of the civil rights movement.

Was Martin Luther King Jr. successful?

I believe that he was. Yes he did die before African Americans finally got equal rights to white people but he was a strong influencer and he led the bus boycott. But in the end he got what he wanted, equal rights for African Americans and white people.

Quotes

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the the whole staircase.

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Created with images by skeeze - "martin luther king jr i have a" • Jerónimo Bernot - "We all have the same dream."

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