Martin Luther King Jr: One Voice, A Thousand Words

Martin Luther King Jr. (Born Micmartin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-speechheal King but later changed it) was an activist, minister, humanitarian,  and  a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Born January 15th 1929 Atlanta Georgia, United states; Died April 4th 1968 Memphis, Tennessee, United States .He was 39 when he died from an a bullet to the head)

Micheal King was born to father Martin Luther King Sr. and mother Alberta Williams. Martin Luther King Jr. had an older sister named Willie Chirstine King and a younger brother named Alfred Daniel Williams King. Martin Luther King Jr., though had a father who was a reverend, wasn’t always as faithful as was suppose to be as a child, questioning the bible. However, as he grew older, he accepted the bible’s morals and became a seminary.

Martin Luther King Jr. attended Booker T. Washington High School, but only attended the tenth and eleventh grade as he entered Morehouse College without formally graduating.

King Jr. graduated Morehouse in 1948 where he graduated with a bachelor’s of the art degree in sociology. He was later enrolled into Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania where he graduated with Bachelor of Divinity.

King Married his wife, Coretta Scott on June 18 1953 who he had four children with; Yolanda King, Martin Luther Kind the Third, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice King.

King Jr. became a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, when he was twenty-five years old, in 1954.King Jr. soon after on June 5th 1955, he graduated with a Ph. D for Systematic Theology at Boston University.

Martin Luther King Jr. was strongly influenced by the christian faith and its morals of being equal. Within most of his speeches, he references and uses passages from the holy bible. In April 1959, he traveled to India, as he was strongly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s success with non-violent activism. Once his trip was over, King Jr. deeply understood non-violent resistance. King Jr. admired Gandhi’s morals, as he King states in his speech after being award the Noble Peace Prize in 1964 “in a magnificent way by Mohandas K. Gandhi to Challenge the might of the British Empire…He struggled only with the weapons of truth, soul force, non-injury and courage.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was given many awards such as the Noble Peace Prize in 1964, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 (posthumous) and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 (posthumous)

Martin Luther King Jr. is considered notable for his contribution to American history and its history of American Progessivism. Before equal rights, The United States treated coloured people as second-class citizens, lacking them equality and fairness. Martin Luther King strive for change and strongly influenced the people of the states to change and create an environment where all citizens can and will be treated equal.

In 1955, a woman named Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white individual on a bus. King Jr. later led The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for 385 days. People saw King Jr. to be a national figure and the best-known spokesman of the civil rights movement because of his role in the bus boycott.

As he was trying to make a change within his society, King Jr. had faced many obstacles, as he was a coloured individual, and as stated before; coloured people were not treated equally. He had to face millions of people who not only disagreed with him, but felt hatred for him due to his colour.

dr-martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-speech4  Writing his most famous speech I Had A Dream and presenting it in   front of thousands of people portrayed risk-taking as he knew what the consequences could have possibly been. Knowing equality was not high in the area, he still chose to fight for what he believed was right.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s contribution to this world is highly significant. He fought for equality for his country and stood up for those who couldn’t. His impact was the start of equality within the states. I strongly believe he will be remembered for man years as his contributions caused coloured equality in his country.

King Jr. would be extremely proud of his personal success as he created a world of equality. Him knowing coloured people now have rights and are being treated equal would make him feel quite noble.

Martin Luther King Jr. made the world understand being equal. Throughout the world, equality is being shown within society and since the United States have a strong influences over countries; The states, knowing equality due to Martin Luther King Jr., teaches other countries to become more equal with not only coloured people but other nationalities and differences.

Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought for more rights in more Southern states, such as Mississippi, as that was an extremely racist area in the past. King would have focused on freedom and rights in the states and influence the whites to treat coloured people with rights.

I like this person not only for his risk-taking character and his claiming voice, but for his dedication to create equality for coloured people, and his morals of non-violence protest. I personally admire his effectiveness of changing how people think without causing harm to others.

Martin Luther King Jr. taught me to become more accepting of others and that taking-risks and fighting for what you believe in is very important. Though he knew the intensity of being coloured, he still chose to fight for others and stand up for what he believed was right, which is truly inspirational.

I wanted to study Martin Luther King Jr. more because I want to understand more of his morals as a human-being and his strategies to maintain people’s thoughts without becoming violence.

King Jr. felt that he was in a time where white people were not treating others with equality, and that everyone deserved equality. For that reason, he fought for equality within his society and stood up for what he thought was right.

I will better understand strategies of influencing mass crowds without demonstrating violent actions. but besides the person himself, I will understand better on how to take notes on individuals as well as make myself become a better writer and classify the differences of object to subjective facts.

In completing this Eminent Person Study, I would like to see myself become better at gathering information and deciding which information is relevant to the point I am trying to make in my writing. I would like to stay on topic on my speech as well as stay focus and understand the key morals and accomplishments my person had and made. While maintaining my writing goals, I would also like to offer help to those around me and take time off my own work to assist those who need help or needs something to be done by me.

(Fun Fact: Martin Luther King Sr. was also named Micheal King until he chose to change it as he traveled to Nazi Germany in 1934. He changed it in honour of Martin Luther; A German reformer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Early_life_and_education