Martin Luther King Jr Courage

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Elizabeth Swetz
Mrs. Dowling
Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King was the voice of all equal rights. He had the courage to put himself in a difficult situation to stand up for what he believed in. King was born in January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. In his early years, he always had a thirst for knowledge. His intelligence was unlike many others. For example, he graduated highschool at age fifteen. While King was a teen, he started to develop a desire to make an impact on race relations in the United States. African Americans have achieved more progress towards racial segregation through Martin’s leadership and example. He was easily the greatest nonviolent leader in today's history. Martin Luther King
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In 1964, the passing of the Civil Rights Act outlawed segregation in public areas that discriminated against race. This discrimination occurred in public restrooms, schools, and neighborhoods. The Civil Rights Act changed the lives of many Americans. "African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history (“About Dr. King.”).” King’s courage and call for equality showed that all Americans can live in peace. In this quote it explains that violence is never the answer and how King truly affected the United States population. He experienced many setbacks but still never gave up. His courage brightened the eyes of African Americans and showed that the world will find peace in the future. "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend (“Top 10”).” King wrote this quote explaining how violence could only make things worse and that violence is unnecessary to achieve true equality. In this same year, King received the Nobel Peace prize for his work towards racial equality. Martin Luther King was known as the voice of all equal rights. His voice influenced and encouraged peace throughout the world. King’s desire for equality is like a burning fire that never goes out. King's dreams in his…show more content…
was an icon and celebrity to many in this era. He is honored every January for his contributions when we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was brave, courageous, and peaceful in his action when fighting for racial equality. King knew that his actions and words could result in his death but that didn't cause him to back down. He looked fear right in the eye and was not going to back down. Looking back on his journey towards a successful change is breathtaking. He started a movement that changed the fabric of America, and overall the lives of the American people. His rightful place amongst American heroes is fitting. The Martin Luther King memorial on the mall stands as tall and strong as his own character does in history books. The world needs more people like
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