How Did Martin Luther King Impact The Civil Rights Movement

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Martin Luther King Jr was a revolutionary figure for his time. As leader of the Civil Rights Movement along with many others, he campaigned to bring about racial equality and desegregation in the deep-south of America. The history of the struggle for human rights dates back thousands of years, all for different reasons; whether it was for women’s rights, gay rights or Black rights. The most notable call for equality in the twentieth century was led by Martin Luther King Jr. and focused on civil rights for African Americans in the south. His role in achieving civil rights was greatly significant due to his technique of bringing people together and his signature non-violent protests. For decades before the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were exposed to all kinds of discrimination and persecution. They were not allowed to vote, had segregated seating on busses or do really anything that involved the two races being near each other. This segregation of both races was fuelled by laws known as the Jim Crow Laws which started in 1876. These laws founded the start of a…show more content…
Acts and Amendments in relation to civil rights started to pass through Congress after the 1960’s. The first major Act was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination in many settings such as schools, employment and public places. A year later came the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which granted all blacks the freedom to vote. In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled against any laws forbidding the interracial marriage of people. In 1968 the Fair Housing Act was passed, assuring that there were to be no longer any discriminatory actions regarding the buying and selling of houses. These Acts, and several more, stemmed almost completely from the work that King did in conjunction with the Civil Rights
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