May 25, 2010
Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the world's best known non-violent peace protestors, was Martin Luther King Jr. Born on January 15, 1929, Martin became an idol to many. With his peaceful protests and non-violent boycotts, he changed the lives of all African Americans living in the United States at the time. With the help of his many supporters and followers, Martin brought freedom to the African Americans, who were being unfairly treated and respected. Even after his house was bombed and after he was physically assaulted, he still followed his peaceful ways of protesting. On April ...view middle of the document...
Martin was elected as president of this newly-formed Montgomery Improvement Association. During 1956, his house was bombed and he was convicted on charges of conspiring to interfere with the bus company's operations. In December, 1956, all the work had paid off; Montgomery buses were rid of segregation.
��������Martin Luther King Jr. also led many marches of protest. One of the most famous was to Washington D.C. in August 28, 1963. More than 250,000 protesters were attracted. Martin Luther King addressed the "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This speech was considered one of his most famous and is still remembered to this day.
��������Martin Luther King Jr. and his staff also guided mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama. There the local white police officials were known for their anti-black attitudes. The police used fire hoses and police dogs against the black demonstrators. This horrible act made newspaper headlines all around the world. President Kennedy reacted to the Birmingham protests by agreeing to submit broad civil rights legislation to Congress.
��������In conclusion, you can see that Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero. He did many things and sacrificed his time and valuable effort to abolishing the unfair and inhuman treatment of the African American community. With his many famous speeches and protests he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, and that was a well deserved reward.