Essay on Martin Luther King Jr.

1174 Words Jul 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister and social activist who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the United States circa mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Through his courageous endeavors to combat the racism prevalent in American society, King played a crucial role in abolishing local segregation of African American residents in the South and further localities across the country. Furthermore, his activities led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This made his contributions to the civil rights movement immeasurable; as recognised by many accolades, such as the awarding of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

Regardless of his death by assassination in April 1968 Martin Luther King Jr., is unquestionably honored as one of the most revered African-American personas in history. Marble Manning (2011) quotes “The great temptation for the biographer of an iconic figure is to portray him or her as a virtual saint, without the normal contradictions and blemishes that all human beings have.” Manning within this quote reflects upon us as a culture being disinclined to critique in this circumstance King’s unsuccessful pursuits and his failings due to the volatile nature of his death.

The United States President, Barack Obama in the address “Remarks by the President at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication” stated “He would want them to know that

he was flawed, because all of us have flaws.”…

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