Monday, January 15, 2007

We Remember Martin Luther King

Dr Martin Luther King Jr., was a civil rights leader, organized many; such as, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. Under his leadership, the civil rights movement won wide support among whites, and laws that had barred integration in the Southern States of America were abolished. He stood for nonviolent activism learned from Mahatma Gandhi and based on Christian teachings. Although King accomplished a few of his objectives; according to many people, he completed so many tasks about the civil rights movement. He wrote so many significant letters and speeches, but perhaps his most famous speech is the "I have a Dream". In spite of King's stress on nonviolence, he often became the target of violence. White racists threw rocks at him in Chicago and bombed his home in Montgomery, Ala. Finally, violence ended King's life in 1968 at the age of 39, when an assassin shot and killed him.

He wrote five books: Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can't Wait (1964), Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), and The Trumpet of Conscience (1968). In 1965, King helped organize protests in Selma, Ala. The demonstrators protested against the efforts of white officials there to deny most black citizens the chance to register and vote. Several hundred protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital, but police officers used tear gas and clubs to break up the group. Johnson went before Congress to request a bill that would eliminate all barriers to Southern blacks' right to vote. Within a few months, Congress approved the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Martin Luther King Jr. was truly an influential man and we remember him.

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