Many young people are inspired by the actions of others. These actions challenge many people for generations to come. Throughout history, many people were influenced by another person at some point. Many historical figures can be looked upon to learn the lessons to help and develop future generations. Many people have been influential to me and have contributed to my personal growth. The one person that has had a great influence on me throughout history was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in the Deep South during a time when segregation was prevalent. He lived in a time where many facilities were separated based on the color of a citizen’s skin. The world he lived in was cold and ruthless for a colored person because they had a profuse amount of challenges that they faced constantly. “Separate but equal” was far from reality. They did not receive the same respect as non-colored people. Their rights were limited because the type of government that was appointed at that time was very corrupt and wrong. It was innate at birth that you did not have equivalent right as the majority if you were colored. I became inspired by how Dr. King dealt with his struggles during his lifetime. As a student, I faced many struggles growing up. I did not fit into social groups and I was not very successful academically. I was a student who had low grades in all classes because I could not comprehend everything that was being taught to me but I also did not make an attempt to do great. I wanted to change my ways of being a mediocre student and become an honorable student. So I began to read more about Martin Luther King. As he had risen to adulthood, King felt that something had to be done to terminate segregation so a world with equality for every person would emerge. He started to protest for equal rights and to end segregation. Since King read many books on peace and followed the peaceful ways of Gandhi, he did not want to use any actions of violence during his time of protest. He did not want protesters to resort to violence because he believed that violence only led to more violence. The first step was the bus boycott in Montgomery. Rosa Parks, a black woman, sat in the front of a bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man who asked. It was an enormous deal at that time because the colored people had to sit in the back of the bus while the non-colored people were allowed to sit in the front. Parks was arrested for her defiance. Martin Luther King set up protests to boycott buses. Colored people began to walk to places they needed to go rather than taking the bus. Many buses were losing business as people began to discourage each other from riding the bus. Eventually, the government ended the segregation on buses. This was only a small step to equality because discrimination was still present. I took little steps too as I attempted to become a better student. I began to start doing my homework, class work, began to pay attention and participate in class. This led to me gradually getting higher grades in class. I knew I could always perform better and I continued to work harder just as Dr. King did during his lifetime. He went to Birmingham, Alabama to start protests because this city was greatly segregated. Many supporters wanted to make the nation aware of the problems occurring in the South. King inspired so many people that they did not care if they were arrested because they started to believe that what they were fighting for was so important. King was arrested during the protests in Birmingham. He was later released. He wanted to finish the fight. He set up a protest in Washington, D.C on August of 1963. There were millions of supporters there
Martin Luther King!
“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
The U.S.A is seen in today’s world as a nation where everybody grows up in harmony despite of their race and colour. If martin Luther king had kept silent about his aims/ views, then the America we see today probably wouldn’t have existed.
Martin Luther King junior was born on January the 15th 1929 in Atlanta America. Born to a Baptist father king had a very Christian upbringing. Therefore he believed…
Martin Luther King Jr`s impact on the civil rights movement
Maya Angelou Interview http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0int-1
Poet and Historian
January 22, 1997
High Point, North Carolina
oDr. Angelou, you worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. What was Dr. King really like, personally?
oMaya Angelou: Dr. King was a human being. He had a sense of humor which was wonderful. It is very dangerous to make a person larger than life because, then, young…
Martin Luther King Jr.
September 6, 2013
Professional Leadership (PED 492)
Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a leader but a hero. He was a man with courage, a man who woke up dreaming of change, a man who risked his life just to make a life changing difference. He dreamed that one day man and woman, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and even Jews would be treated equally. He dreamed that no matter your race or your sex you would get treated as well as the next. I chose to speak of a…
portrays the life of a colored family that have had many
issues with racism within society. The problems that they have faced have also been shown and
mentioned in “
I Have a Dream”
by Martin Luther King. Both works contribute to the same idea
that life for Black Americans were very different than those of White Americans. Lorraine
A Raisin in the Sun
, and Martin Luther King’s, “
I Have a Dream”
similar ideas that colored people are in poor financial economic conditions, facing inequality,
Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known person in history. He is known for his work in civil rights, and is known for his I Have a Dream Speech. King's speech not only changed history for the black community it gave hope to black throughout the world. King's speech was so successful because he was able to arouse his audience to their feet and get them angry at society. In his speech, he uses different types of language. Using strong powerful words to influence a listener's opinion, and using words…
equal to the white population, especially in the south. This was a time when hero’s such as Rosa Parks and others decided to take a stand and defend themselves, demanding to be heard and demanding to bring about a change. This was the age of Martin Luther King, one of the innovative leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He was a minister and firmly believed in nonviolent protests to fight the black oppression that was occurring. In his endeavors to participate in these protests he found himself in…
Martin Luther King Jr.
I picked Martin Luther King Jr. because he was a preacher, a strong speaker and motivator, he was a true Christian. When he spoke he always had faith and he spoke about us having faith. I really liked his forthrightness with which he called out the source of his courage. He once said, “I am many things to many people, but in the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher. This is my being and my heritage, for I am also the son of a Baptist…
against segregation. They had asked a soft-spoken preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr. or M.L as his family called him. To guide them on their protest for equality and justice. The three experiences M.L had as a young person that shaped his actions and beliefs as an adult were his father’s influence, his mother’s encouragement, and the bus ride back to Atlanta.
To begin with, M.L’s father, Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., was the well-respected preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church…
Speech on Martin Luther King
Nearly three centuries ago, African slaves were brought to the New World and put into slavery. They were treated more cruelly in the United States than in any other country that had ever practiced slavery, and ever since its prohibition, African-Americans has fought oppression. Martin Luther King Jr., would aid immensely in this fight. He was born in Atlanta Georgia in 1929. His father, Martin Luther King Sr. Was a Baptist minister and also preached for civil rights…
Anthony Adigun Adigun 1
March 9, 2013
A Better Future
Martin Luther King Jr’s. speech was an inspiration to many people. Not only African Americans were inspired but some different races were also touched by his words. Some people say that President Obama is the reincarnation of MLK because they are similar. They both share the same dream and both are…