Civil Rights: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Civil rights are defined as the personal protection given to all citizens by law. The views on civil rights have changed drastically over last century. Up until the nineteen sixty’s, black people in America did not have the same rights as white people. The personal rights for all people have been improved thanks to people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. If not for them, human beings may not all have the same rights and privileges. Rosa Parks born in 1913 in Montgomery, Alabama, she is the woman who started the civil rights movement. In the 1955, black people had to give up their seat on a bus for a white person. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, causing her arrest for civil disobedience. After Park’s arrest, the black community organised a Montgomery bus boycott, the boycott would not end until the city hired black bus drivers and the seats on the bus were by first come. The boycott followers decided to call themselves the “Montgomery Improvement Association” or (MIA). The MIA elected a leader by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a newcomer to Montgomery. On the day Rosa Park’s trial, the boycott organisers handed out pamphlets telling all black people to not take the bus that day. That day, 40,000 black people walked to work in the poring rain, the boycott ending up lasting 382 days. On June 19, 1956 the state of Alabama outlawed racial…show more content…
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. King was a leader of the American civil rights movement. Martin was the son of a Baptist reverend, Martin Luther King Sr. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the Boston University in 1955. Dr. Martin Luther King became a pastor of a church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a leader of the Montgomery bus boycott (as mentioned earlier). After the boycott, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC held protests about civil rights, he was influenced by Gandhi’s non-violent ways in
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