Martin Luther King Essay

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T’yanna Scott
Hardy Jones
English Composition II
22 January 2015

MLK As I begin to discuss over five decades ago, let’s begin with saying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has changed lives for the better. Without the sacrifices he has made, the community would not be the way it is today. First and foremost I would like to applaud Dr. King for every accomplishment from the nonviolent campaigns, to the motivational speeches given for the Negro community. The willingness and power Dr. King put into the ears of the nation was legendary. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King fought for not only himself and his family, but for everyone around him who agreed with his logics. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” (204). King felt as if every individual who resided in the United States should be treated just as equal as the person standing next to them. He felt African Americans were being shadowed in deep disgrace. King only wanted to make a change, and that is for sure what he was going to do. King does state a point where he agrees with one of the clergymen’s idea when he states, “You are quite right, negotiation is a better path” (206). The way he negotiates is by nonviolent direct action. This simply means he uses no weapons, but he gets his community to come together and make a change. For example, starting December 1st, 1955, to December 20th, 1956, Dr. King gets the