Martin Luther King Influence

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Martin Luther King Jr. Widely considered the most influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He fought to overturn Jim Craw segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites. Born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, Martin L. King had an impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. As an activist, he played a pivotal role in ending segregation against African Americans in the South and other certain areas in the nation as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Martin Jr. saw his father fight against racism because King Sr believed racism was not only making his race suffer but it was an affront to God's will, he strongly discouraged any type of class superiority towards his children, which left a lasting impact on his son, Martin L. King Jr. He entered public school at age 5. In May,…show more content…
Many people in cities not experiencing racism began to question the nation's Jim Crow laws and the treatment of African American citizens. This resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 authorizing the federal government to enforce desegregation of public accommodations and outlawing discrimination in publicly owned facilities. This also led to Martin Luther King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 1964. From late 1965 through 1967, King expanded his Civil Rights Movement into other larger American cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles. But he encountered more criticism and public challenges from young black-power leaders. King's patient, non-violent approach and appeal to white middle-class citizens alienated many black militants who considered his methods too weak and too late. In the eyes of other blacks, this method seem too weak and
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