What did Martin Luther King Jr do?


Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent leader of the civil rights movement in the United States. During the late 1950s through the late 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. organized protests, proposed legislation and spoke about injustice throughout the United States. He was assassinated in 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. was involved with many of the most well-known activities of the civil rights movement. In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. was selected by the NAACP to head a city-wide boycott against the Montgomery bus system after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. After 1955, King was involved with a variety of protests and worked to eradicate injustice against African-Americans. He promoted non-violent demonstrations to raise awareness of African-American rights and organized peaceful marches as well as sit-ins. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most famous speech to a crowd of more than 200,000 demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala. King's "I Have a Dream" speech shared his hopes for a non-segregated future where white and black children would be treated with the same respect and given the same rights. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a sniper on a balcony outside of a motel, but his legacy of non-violent civil disobedience lived on long after his death.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African-American clergyman who advocated social change through non-violent means. A powerful speaker and a man of great spiritual strength, he shaped the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. King was pastor... More »
Born: January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia
Died: April 4, 1968
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