Martin Luther King Jr. Through his efforts for peace, equality, and justice for African-Americans throughout the 1950s and 60s, Martin Luther King Jr. created many opportunities for African-Americans for the future. Before Martin Luther King Jr., racism and racial segregation were very much accepted in society and were a common thing throughout the 1950s and 60s. While Martin Luther was preaching and protesting through the 50s and 60s, people all across America started to become more aware of how poorly African Americans were treated in almost every aspect of their lives. Everything that African Americans would do, they would be judged and discriminated.
The Civil Rights Movement was a big thing for the United states and we as Americans will always remember Martin Luther King Jr. for helping lead the people and inspire change and bring hope. The speech “ I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an important gathering of people at the Lincoln Memorial. A huge crowd gathered to listen to his powerful speech which helped to inspire change. Martin Luther King also wrote a letter to eight white clergymen named “Letter From Birmingham Jail” the letter was written in in his jail cell which he was in for marching and protests. In both of these texts Dr. King used pathos and logos to inspire change and reach out to the people during the civil rights movements.
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The African American Civil Rights movement of the late 1950s and early 60s brought many reforms for the Black community. Prominent leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X pushed for changes to provide equality and opportunities for African Americans. King was able to obtain legislative victories such as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act to end discriminatory practices in America. Malcolm X, armed with radicalized speeches, dove right into communities to empower hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities.
During the tumultuous period of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, the goal for bettering the lives of African-Americans was desired by many. However, the means of attaining that goal, varied greatly among the representatives of the movement. The African-American civil rights efforts were spearheaded by men of peaceful protest for integration, such as Martin Luther King Jr., and in contrast leaders such as Malcolm X who expressed separatist ideals. Other groups of civil rights advocated took an outright violent approach, such as the Black Panthers. The first leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was a reverend from Atlanta, Georgia, who advocated peace and tolerance between all races.
Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, expressed his beliefs and his actions about the Human Rights Movement. Dr. King wanted to end segregation and he also wanted equal rights for everyone, but he was told by the clergyman that the movement was “unwise” and “untimely”. King explained that there will never be a right time for change in this society with bringing equality and justice to us all. Dr. King was told several times to wait, which prolonged his protest and marches. King became frustrated because people were being mistreated and judged everyday based off the color of their skin.
A group of African-American students decided to integrate Central High School in Arkansas, they were faced with a white mob and the governor did not agree with these actions. The students still found a way in but left shortly after. The action of Little Rock segregating students was also a violation of the 14th amendment. The Civil Rights March in Washington was an event led by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 that was a peaceful protest
In December of 1955 Martin Luther King Jr. had done a boycott to not ride buses in Montgomery Alabama. Due to Rosa Parks not wanting to give up her spot on the bus for a white person. Rosa was later arrested and fined a fee of ten dollars. Her stand against white people sent out a word of belief to people all around the U.S. Making others wonder why blacks and whites
The officers stopped people from protesting, because, they were ordered to stop the protesters. There were a lot of reasons that the police officers stopped the protestors. They didn’t want the protest to be successful, they thought it wasn’t fair for both blacks and whites to vote. Major John Cloud ordered the 600 marchers, they had less than two minutes to leave. The marchers left the first time, but came back for a second time.
Even before Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeline, America has gone through many changes that lead to events that shaped King’s world and the people around him. In his work he references those civil right movements that took place before his timeline so that he can further prove his motivation to remove segregation between the races. In the excerpt of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” King references boycotting segregated bus companies’ years prior to king writing the letter. For example, on paragraph 8 it states “...who rose up with a sense of dignity and with her people decided not to ride segregated buses,” This line the reference is brought up to show the sacrifices people made in order to bring down the oppressors that made it harder for African-Americans
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
Civil disobedience does lead to progress, just like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. disobeyed the laws which gave African Americans more rights. Rosa Parks is an American Civil Rights Activist. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks disobeyed the bus driver when he told her to give up her seat in the colored section to a white person just because the white section was filled. She got arrested because she violated Alabama 's segregation laws. Although others African-Americans had already been arrested for the same thing, Park 's case went all the way to state, so she was the best candidate to challenge the court.