martinlutherking MURTAZA UJJAINWALA - 9K

"A riot is the language of the unheard."

WHO?

Martin Luther King was extremely well known for his actions regarding the civil rights movement of the 1950s. He did everything he could to stand up for equality and advancing the civil rights movement. He gained many followers and also won multiple awards. King was arrested 30 times during his stand for black rights between 1955 and 1965. Unfortunately, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray (a confirmed racist) on April 4th, 1968 in Lorraine Motel (Memphis, Tennessee).

The wreath marks Dr. King's approximate place at the time of his assassination. This building is now a Civil Rights Museum.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s house is also a tourist attraction for people to look at:

Martin Luther King Jr.'s house growing up. This is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

FACTS

Born: January 15th, 1929 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Assassinated: April 4th, 1968 (Memphis, Tennessee)

Spouse: Coretta Scott (m. 1953-68)

Children:

  • Yolanda Denise King
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Dexter Scott King
  • Bernice Albertine King

Parents:

  • Martin Luther King Sr. (Father)
  • Alberta Williams King (Mother)

AWARDS

Martin Luther King Jr. has been presented with many awards throughout the years and is still getting them to this day (such as the Grammy Hall of Fame award, which was awarded to him in 2012). Here is a list of some of the awards Martin Luther King Jr. earned:

  • Nobel Peace Prize (1964)
  • Time's Person of the Year (1963)
  • Grammy Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (1966)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)

and many more...

WHAT WAS HAPPENING?

What conflict was happening at the time that led to Martin Luther King Jr. Giving his greatest speech? Segregation and the Jim Crow Laws were the major events that were happening at the time. Segregation was a law that was enforced in the 1900s stating that black people and white people have to be separated. What this meant was that blacks and whites had separate rooms and spaces for everything. Nowadays, we have 2 types of public restrooms. Male and Female. Back then, when segregation was still legal (and a law), there were 4 types of public restrooms. White Male, White Female, Black Male & Black Female. Not only did blacks have to be separated, but they didn't have the high quality stuff like the whites did. This led to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Then that led to Martin Luther King Jr. standing up to black rights.

WHY?

Why did Martin Luther King Jr. want to make a change? Martin Luther King Jr. was inspired and motivated to make a change after seeing the harsh ways black people were treated (an example of black people not being treated properly is the 'Montgomery Bus Boycott' that happened from 1955-56). King spent many days in jail over one decade because of many failed attempts at convincing people to make blacks equal to whites. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech, "I Have a Dream", on August 28th, 1963 in front of 250,000+ people (on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.). King was majorly influenced by Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln & Leo Tolstoy.

With a bit of Photoshop, Martin Luther King's iconic speech is in color!

HOW?

How did Martin Luther King Jr. change the world after his speech? What changed? Martin Luther King's influential speech impacted the world, especially America, by talking about how black people and white people should be treated equally and how racism should end due to how unfair it is. This is called the African-American Civil Rights Movement and it was introduced in 1954 by Rosa Parks after she refused to give her seat to a white man on a bus. King advanced the movement and, after his speech, the segregation between black and white people finally ended. King's persuasive techniques led all of America into treating every person equally (no matter what skin color, gender or religion).

Above is a video talking about what Martin Luther King Jr. did and how his speech impacted everything.

ANALYSIS

Martin Luther King Jr. used multiple persuasive language techniques throughout his speech to give it an impact. An example of a technique used in his speech is repetition. "I have a dream..." King uses this multiple times during his speech to motivate black people all over America into having the same dream he has. King uses the word "have" in the phrase, "I have a dream...", to convey the message that he still has this dream; implying that he's not going to give up turning his dreams into reality.

Another persuasive and motivating technique King used in his speech was involving the audience. "We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities." King says that WE can never be satisfied, meaning that he is not just involving himself, but he is involving everyone else in the audience. This makes the people listening to this speech feel like they're contributing to advance the Civil Rights Movement and it inspires them to make a change.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Martin Luther King Jr.

DID KING GET WHAT HE DESIRED?

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr. worked his whole life and sacrificed every second of his time (a lot of it in jail) but didn't get what he wanted the most: equality. That would be very cruel. Fortunately, King's message did get across and America wiped out segregation and the Jim Crow Laws completely. So, yes, Martin Luther King Jr. did get what he wanted in the end and he deserved it. In memory of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., America created a day just for him. That day is the third Monday in January which is around King's birthday. This day is recognized as an American Federal Holiday and it celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr..

CONCLUSION

To sum up all my points, we remember Martin Luther King's speech because of how motivational and inspiring it was. The techniques used in his speech really made an impact. It was iconic and it was a massive historical event. King changed the whole world and made a difference regarding the way black people should be treated. He stood by his points, even when the times were rough, and eventually got to where he wanted to be. He is a man who made a change and never gave up. Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. passed away after being shot. His actions inspired many people around the world to do their best in everything life has to offer.

In loving memory of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. who brought peace to this world. He is a hero to us all.

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