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Most Significant Events
The decades of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s had many significant events that shaped America into the nation that it is today. The events of these decades shaped the United States into the nation that it is today. This paper will discuss issues that are relevant to each period in history beginning in the 1950’s and ending in the 1990’s. Exploring each period with due appreciation of what happened and what it accomplished in relation to the United States. It is written to awaken your thoughts of our past history. 1950’s Rosa Parks
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His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I
Have a Dream” speech. 1960’s Martin Luther King Jr March on Washington Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Confrence in 1957, serving as its first president. His efforts led to the 1963March On Washington where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis Tennessee. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was

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