Essay about Martin Luther King: A Powerful Force for Civil Rights

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Do you agree that Martin Luther King was the most important factor in the helping blacks gain more Civil Rights in the 1960's?

In the 1950s and 60s blacks were considered as second-class citizens of the US, this was evident as they were totally ignored by the rest of America. Even though slavery was abolished years before but many Southern white Americans had not blacked out the thought. The Americans themselves had just come out of a very deadly war, which was fought to defeat racially prejudiced leaders such as Hitler who believed in a superior race; but still in America the cause they fought for was still lurking in their homeland. Blacks had also fought in the war and felt content that when they
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Even though the `separate but equal` doctrine had been enforced. In 1954 the Supreme Court banned the segregation of the educational system, and the ruling practically fired the southern whites into a rage as lynching and beatings of blacks were at a high.

Civil Rights was the key thing blacks desperately wanted to have for many years but were ruthlessly denied; the right to have the right to be a civilian and not to be judged by the colour of their skin. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another; gives rise for action, an example being the segregation of Southern schools. Main examples of civil rights are things such as freedom of speech, press, assembly, the right to vote, freedom form involuntary servitude and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of the membership in a particular group or class. Laws have been enforced to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, previous condition and also national origin.

Martin Luther King was a man of integrity, who used his power of speech to get across to people of all walks of life. He was seen as the main body of the Civil Rights movement as he made a great impact. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929 into a Christian bred home, and

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