Martin Luther King Jr.: An Innovator of Change Essay

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Martin Luther King Jr.: An Innovator of Change Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful and courageous man who used a non-violent manner to stand up for all that he believed in. King Jr. sought for equal rights for African Americans during his life. He not only participated but led many of the acts to push equal rights such as the bus boycott, antisegregation campaigns, the March on Washington, and civil rights rallies throughout the United States. Due to his strenuous work for equal rights, King Jr. was one of the major reasons for the passing of the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 (Bennett). Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard-working, dedicated personality is one of the predominant reasons that there are civil rights in the United States; if it …show more content…
King Jr.’s first experience with racial discrimination at an early age took many hours of explanation by his mother (10). She was forced to explain the immorality of slavery and segregation to the five-year-old, but the most important thing she told young King Jr. was, “You must always feel that you are somebody” (10). Also, when King Jr. was still a child, his father decided to take him to a shoe store that was owned and operated by white people (11). They both took seats in the front, near the window, but were quickly ordered to move by a clerk that would only wait on them if they moved to seats in the back of the store (12). The King’s refused to move to the rear of the store because they could just as easily be served in the seats they were occupying (12). The clerk then walked away and refused to serve them because they would not obey his command (12). Eventually, the King’s left the store due to no service by the clerk (12). As they were walking home, the elder King proclaimed, “I don’t care how long I have to live with this system, I am never going to accept it. I’ll oppose it till the day I die!” (12). During King Jr.’s junior year of high school, he was discriminated against once again (18). King Jr. and his teacher, Mrs. Bradley, were on the bus ride home from and oratorical contest, which he won, in Dublin, Georgia (18). During the ride, a few white passengers entered the bus and the driver ordered King Jr. and Mrs. Bradley to give up

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