How Did Martin Luther King Affect Society

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Martin Luther King Jr, is best remembered for his role in the black rights movements using a non-violent approach founded on Christian philosophies. He was also lesser known as a minister and humanitarian. Though he was sadly assassinated in 1968, his work in civil rights still affects life in America today. King through out his life faced adversity but used all the power he had to allow future generations to not have to. King did not only fight for black rights but for equality for all. Kings messages and beliefs have had a lasting impact and can be seen still today in America.

The first way we see Dr. King’s impact is in the extinguishing of segregation. Jim crow laws are the laws that enforced racial segregation. Jim crow laws stated the
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King affected. Dr. King was an avid believer in non-violent protesting. King made sure that all who followed him knew of his non-violent ways he however never said he was non-violent, as he did not know much of Gandhi’s work. He followed his Christian belief that you should love your neighbor, so he translated this to not hurting others. King was even attacked at one of his conventions and even then did not fight back or press charges (Engler and Engler ). King outlined his philosophy for non-violence in his book Stride Toward Freedom it relied on six thoughts. The first ideas is, Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. The second Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding. Third Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people. Fourth Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform. Fifth Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. Finally the sixth Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice. (Centre) Though King again is not solely responsible for the now quite common practice, as other such as Gandhi have also practiced non-violence. It is clear in America that his message has had an impact with movements that embraced his ideas during the same time such as the flower power movement. Non-violent rallies are now a common way for activists to get their message across in America …show more content…
King’s lasting impact on America and the world is easily seen, from the abolishment of racial segregation to the role in bringing awareness to the poor. King will have forever has changed Americas history and the rights of all who live there. Though King died expectantly to his dying day he fought for those who needed a voice. His message has been mirrored by many of his followers, non-violent protests are still used today and rallies for the underdogs still happen. King has had a positive impact on the world and all it inhabitants, but mostly for all those whose lives he improved through his selfless actions and speeches. King will always be remembered for his ability to embrace everyone and the impact he had on every Americans

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