Martin Luther King Jr. had an enormous role in shaping our United States society. His rough upbringing would fire his passion to see a change in all the laws on segregation. Still after the emancipation proclamation had been signed by our 16th president 100 years before, America still faced laws that separated African Americans and whites from living together in society. These discriminative laws made it unfortunate for any black family to live comfortably in the Untied States. King died for what he believed in and because of that, he shaped our culture and society to what it is today.
Introduction: The civil rights movement of 1954-1968 has made a huge impact on the history of African-American equality. All the great leaders of the movement have gone down in history for their courageous work and outstanding commitment to the civil rights movement. One of the most famous of the activists was Martin Luther King Junior (1929-1968) . King is still remembered today for his legendary speech entitled “I had a dream”. Many countries concurred with Luther King and agreed with his ideas because he made a difference for African-Americans and took a stand against racism.
In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” given at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963, he spoke to gain equality for black men, women, and children in the United States of America. It is as if he came to the same realization that his feminist predecessor, Jane Addams, had come to. She had once said, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life” (Bellecci, 2004, p. 39). Martin Luther King knew that he had freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, but he was not getting them in the same way that his white countrymen were getting them and he was willing to do whatever he could to be considered a true, equal American citizen. However, unlike the likes of other black revolutionaries of the time, such as Malcolm X, MLK was an advocate of peaceful protests even as the white people broke out with violence towards the African American community with every step they took in the war for equality.
They wanted the oppression of African-Americans to stop. They wanted freedom for their people. Though they had differences, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. understood each other. They understood that each person is entitled to their own opinions and philosophies. Both men were majorly influential during the Civil Rights era and overcame their differences because they had a common goal.
Frederick Douglass was huge contributor to the Anti-Slavery Movement. He was a former slave who fought for the rights for all humans. Frederick learned how to read and write which gave him the ability to give influential speeches. Frederick wanted equality for all, so he told others about his pasts about being a slave. Later in his life he wrote an autobiography called The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
The leader whose methods were most effective during the civil rights movement was Martin Luther King Jr. His main goal during the civil rights movement was to have the whites and the blacks all come together to form equality. He fought for this equality through a nonviolent approach, which granted him respect from different races all over the world. Nonviolence also allowed the African Americans to achieve their goal. Nonviolent marches, sit-ins, and protests all had a huge impact in having Kennedy making a civil rights bill. This strategy would lead to creating peace and having all Americans live in harmony.
Not only did he have the capacity to see himself free, he also had the courage to speak for the slaves. Being able to make it out of slavery, tell his story, and become the one to make a significant change for the African-American community, he was one of a kind. Before Douglass, slavery was not overlooked as a major issue and had not become a movement until he had made it to be. When giving speeches, he often mentioned how hopeless, cheerless, and unfavorable the life of their families was. Encouraging people to
It represented the difference the point of view between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. This was one of King’s biggest accomplishments in life. He inspired the whole nation and the hopes of black people with his speech, I Have A Dream. He never acted out when it comes to violence. All he ever wished for was for all the races to come together despite the hatred and the violence to stop.
A great leader that pushed and motivated blacks to achieve equal rights for all. King was able to gain sympathy from people worldwide by using civil disobedience as a strategy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an effective leader because he was able to use civil disobedience as
Martin Luther King, Jr played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He once said the real struggle between justice and injustice “between the forces of light and the forces of darkness” If there was a victory, “and there will be a victory” it would be a victory for justice and a defeat of injustice; It will be a victory for goodness in its long struggle with the forces of evil”. He fought for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. King led marches for black rights, desegregation, labor rights and other basic civil rights. Most of these rights were successfully enacted into the law of the United States paving way for