The Background Of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life

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It all began with a 20th century political thinker who was not afraid to stand up for his rights. A man that would rather die as a courageous leader than live silenced in fear. This man was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s philosophies and political actions left a great influence on Americans and people throughout the world for many centuries to come. King’s legacy will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who believe in his dream and philosophies for the entire world. Dr. King was an extremely intelligible man even in his early years of life. King was admitted to Morehouse College at just fifteen years old, studying medicine and law.1 The year of 1948 was the first significant year of change in King’s life. Throughout 1948 King’s beliefs began shaping into the beliefs he would become known for. …show more content…
King is important to know to be able to fully understand the way his philosophies were created and what caused him to think critically. Montgomery, Alabama was a highly segregated city filled with anger and racial tension after the passing of Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Though the King family had only lived in Montgomery, Alabama for less than a year, December 1st, 1955 would be a day their lives would change forever. On this day in Montgomery, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested.2 This infuriated all black activists to the extent that they formed a group, the Montgomery Improvement Association, and Dr. King became its president. The MIA coordinated a bus boycott that lasted some entire three-hundred-eighty-one days, causing the public transit and town businesses to financially plummet. The Montgomery bus boycott changed the future for Dr. King and opened-up opportunities that seemed to be his true calling. Up until this point, black Americans were viewed as small and weak people that did not deserve the same rights white Americans did. For the most part, they were

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