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).
Martin Luther King Jr.'s house is also a tourist attraction for people to look at:
Born: January 15th, 1929 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Assassinated: April 4th, 1968 (Memphis, Tennessee)
Spouse: Coretta Scott (m. 1953-68)
- Yolanda Denise King
- Martin Luther King III
- Dexter Scott King
- Bernice Albertine King
- Martin Luther King Sr. (Father)
- Alberta Williams King (Mother)
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 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.
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.