Martin Luther King Jr. is a very well known civil rights leader that made a huge impact on society. He had a huge part in leading protests and helping acts to be passed to make a better society. The speeches he gave to protesters increased the awareness of inequality of races in the United States. Unfortunately, King was assassinated in 1968 due to the highly controversial topic he was fighting for. Although he died at a young age, King had many achievement in his life and in recognized by many people to this day.
Martin Luther King Jr was a pastor, activist, humanitarian and a civil rights leader. He went to segregated schools in his youth and was a victim to discrimination growing up. King was best known for improving civil rights with nonviolent civil disobedience. He would fight for the rights and equality of all races. His strategies for doing so would be sit-ins, boycotts and protest marches. Due to his controversy with citizens, King was assassinated during the April on 1968. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html
During the beginning of King’s civil rights activism in 1955, he was the leader of a protest against segregation on public buses. He was chosen to be the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association that was created during their boycott. Since he was the one who started the boycott, King was arrested and fined $1000 and more in addition to court costs. In the December of 1956, segregations on Montgomery's buses was ended. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/montgomery-bus-boycott
King helped plan the largest protest for human rights in the United States. This protest was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. An estimated 250,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial where civil rights leaders gave their speeches to the protestors. During this protest, King gave one of the most well known speeches called “I Have a Dream.” This protest helped the passing of the Civil Rights Act. https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=96#
The Civil Rights Act was a huge step for civil rights activists and the labor laws in the United States. The act prevents discrimination based on race, sex, or religion. It made segregated schools and businesses illegal. Civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X helped enforce the passing of the act. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-act
On the March of 1965 there was a march being held for the right to vote for black people, Martin Luther King Jr and other civil rights leaders led this protest. During this march there were police officers who attacked those marching with clubs and tear gas. The event was filmed and released to the public and this increased the support of the civil rights activists from others. Slowly more and more people began to join the march, including soldiers from the United States Army to protect the marchers. This day came to be known as Bloody Sunday. On August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed in the United States. https://www.history.com/news/selmas-bloody-sunday-50-years-ago
This act was passed in 1965 in the United States and made it easier for minorities to vote. Allowing for this act to be passed, black people no longer had to pay taxes and literacy tests that were created so that they had a lesser chance to vote. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act
Due to his highly controversial stance in civil rights he had many enemies. The FBI was aware of this and they attempted to keep a close eye on him to keep him safe. Unfortunately on April 4, 1968, King was shot on the balcony of his motel room and died during his operation. After his death was announced, riots in many cities occurred. Days after his assassination, congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1968. In March of 1969, James Earl Ray was found guilty for King's assassination. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr-assassination
The speeches delivered by Martin Luther King Jr were to spread awareness to the people about civil rights. One of his most memorable speech is the one he gave during the March on Washington protest. His “I Have a Dream” speech talked about equality between black and white people. This speech shined light on the discrimination that black people have faced throughout their life even though they are suppose to be treated as equal as everyone else. Because of the great impact King’s speech had on the United States, it is considered one of the greatest speeches in history. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dream-assignment-87455860/?no-ist=
King’s ability to motivate people to get up and make a change in society was one of his most defining features. With the use of his powerful speeches he was able to rally up people to participate in protests against the unfairness and inequality between black people and white people. With his help along with other great civil rights leaders, they were able to have laws passed to prohibit discrimination against others and to make everyone equal. http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/5-ways-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-changed-america
King has had many achievements in his life. By continuing to fight for civil rights he was able to make changes within the United States. His peaceful protests gather a lot of attention from everyone, including government officials. Along with being known for helping lead large protests he was also known for winning the Nobel Peace Prize the following year that the March on Washington took place and where he gave one of his most famous speeches titled “I have a Dream” https://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2015/01/18/the-life-and-achievements-of-martin-luther-king-jr/
King was a very influential leader in our society. He helped shape how America is today. By leading his peaceful protests, it has gathered him a lot of publicity and followers to support his cause. He was able to aid other civil rights protesters in having laws passed to get rid of discrimination on others based on race, religion, and sex. However, this does not mean that inequality has been eliminated. There is still evidence of discrimination in our country to this day.