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Martin Luther King Jr.–Preaching Freedom and Equality

Kaitlyn Williams, Writer

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Martin Luther King Jr, a wonderful human who made an remarkable impact on the world, truly changed history for African Americans. He had quite strong beliefs in nonviolent protests, and that approach helped set the movement’s agenda. His main goal, to show that everyone had equal rights, focused on ending racism in the United States.

He delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the August 28, 1963 march to Washington for jobs and freedom, intending to educate and promote equal rights for everyone. However, many others disagreed with his views and philosophy. He clashed and conflicted with the Klu Klux Klan who bombed both his brother’s home and a hotel where SCLC members stayed.

During April 1963, after police released dogs and turned fire hoses on demonstrators, they arrested King and incarcerated him along with numerous supporters including hundreds of school children. Notwithstanding this conflict,  he stayed determined to fight for justice. From Birmingham jail, he wrote a letter clearly stating his nonviolent philosophy, a letter that would influence so many future leaders.

Along the way, King learned nonviolent protest principles and methods. Previously, Gandhi, who also emphasized nonviolent protest, later helped India gain independence from Great Britain. Similarly, King importuned the need for nonviolent protest to help African Americans achieve equality.

Kings legacy made all humans reflect, respect, and regard all people as having equal rights and opportunities. Unlike some people who judge by a person’s color or religion, King taught that people’s souls inside them truly reflects their worth.

In the end, King accomplished the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham Campaign, and he won a Nobel Peace Prize. He rose as the predominant leader in the Civil Rights Movement which made attempts to end racism and discrimination in the United States. With half of his dream fulfilled, some racial segregation and discrimination did end, but sadly, inequality for all Americans still continues in the 21st century.

Martin Luther King Jr.–not a superficial thinker, but a profound one.

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