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Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and Battle for Freedom
Allan M. Ysunza
Kaplan University

SS310 Exploring the 1960s: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Dr. Ronald K. Bolender
March 09, 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and Battle for Freedom In my unit 5 project I will discuss the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I will define how his personal ideologies might have contributed to his assassination. I will discuss the implications of his assassinations from a sociological perspective. All through the discussions, I will explore his life and journey as freedom leader and his will to gain justice via nonviolent and peaceful protest against racial discrimination and oppressions. Martin Luther King Jr. was
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He was a leader because he challenged the status quo; he called for change, in this case, for justice for African-Americans. King promoted a better way, a new direction. He showed courage to stand up for what he believed in the face of real risks to his safety (http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html). King was generally quiet. He listened while others argued, often angrily and at length, and then he would calmly sum up the debate and identify a way forward. From the outset of his career in Montgomery in 1955, right through to his death in 1968, King had a remarkable ability to get people who would otherwise be constantly feuding to work together. He was consistently reluctant to disunite relations with anyone who might help the cause. This was particularly important because a by-product of racism was a pronounced tendency to conflict between groups. King became the vital centre - a point of balance and unity. Probably his biggest attribute is that he genuinely cared for the betterment of all people. The biggest point of the campaign for Black equality came on August 28, 1963, when King led 250,000 followers in the march on Washington, a nonviolent demonstration of solidarity dramatize Black discontent and demand an open, desegregated society with equal justice for all citizens regardless of race. A goal of the march was passage of a comprehensive civil rights bill to insure integrated education, equal access to

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