Martin Luther King Jr. And The Civil Rights Movement

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Martin Luther King Jr was, and still is, a universally known civil rights activist and leader from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He had a big influence over America with his belief of non-violent protests to create racial equality in the United States. He used boycotts, protests and marches as ways to try to persuade the American people to treat members of all races equally. His activism was eventually effective and many laws were passed against discrimination of people because of race. King had many achievements that bettered the inter-racial relations in the USA.
Martin Luther King Jr was elected to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycotts of 1955. The bus boycott did succeed and the racist law allowing the segregation
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Over 200,000 followers were at the march protesting against discrimination in employment, racial separation in schools and they demanded the minimum wage for all workers. It was the largest rally in DC and Dr King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Their aim was to pressure President Kennedy to create a civil rights bill. After the march, King and other leaders met with President Kennedy to discuss the civil rights bill. The March on Washington played a large role in the passing of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. The marches showed the organisation of the leaders of the civil rights movement. Kings “I Have a Dream” speech was broadcasted live and viewed in homes across the United States. Millions people were able to witness the power of Kings historical speech, President Kennedy reportedly said “This guy is really good” showing how well King’s public speaking skills, which in turn attracted more …show more content…
King emphasised his vision of a society free of the obstruction of racism in his speeches. King was an ideal candidate to lead the civil rights movement, he expressed his views of a desegregated state in an non-violent manner. King believed that they should “meet violence with non-violence”. Because of his belief in non-violence, peace and equality for all, King’s protests for civil rights were able to make an impact in American society and therefore allowed Martin Luther King to supply the civil rights movement with a great deal of success. As the racist oppressors of the Deep South used force and brutality, King’s urging to avoid violence which he instructed his followers to exercise, was an important reason for the regard and homage given to him and the civil rights movement during the 1950’s and 60’s. His desire to unite the country was recognised and reciprocated with people across America, giving him more support and enabling him to take more action. The non-violent approach did not threaten white people, and therefore made them more willing to change their laws and listen to his point of view. This as well as the good organisation, support and leadership all contributed to the success of the civil rights

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