Many people around the world, present and disease, are recognized every year for their work involving peace and justice. These people lived their lives looking forward to changing the world to making it a better place. They did this by helping people day in and day out and they come from every race and gender. Leaders are meant to lead and these people all set examples that are being noticed today. Towards the end of the depression in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born on and son to Martin Luther King and Alberta Williams.
He was born in the city of Atlanta Georgia and grew up in poverty. King's parents were great leading figures and taught their children to love God and show it through words and songs while in Church. Everyone always said that this loving family revolved around the church and it helped since the church they attended was only two blocks from their house. While growing up, Martin Luther King was small for his age but that didn't stop him. King was very outgoing for his age however. He enjoyed playing football; he loved to read and always entertained others with his singing.
Growing up close to everyone in his family, he was broken at the passing of his Grandmother in 1941. He used to say that she was his inspiration and she always told her grandchildren that a simple kind word can go a long way. In 1944, Martin Luther King Junior enrolled into college at Morehouse University, only being fifteen years old at the time. While at his time at the university, he thought about being a lawyer or a doctor. He then got involved and worked with racial injustices and loved learning of the "theory of refusing to cooperate with an injustice system." Later, Martin Luther King Junior decided to work for his PhD at Boston University and it was here where he met his wife, Coretta Scott. Coretta was a young singer and a very beautiful girl.
The two of them got married in front of a church by Coretta's home and were married by Martin Luther King's father. Martin Luther King Junior went on later after his marriage to get his parish involved and help them to join the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP in 1955. It was this year in which he was awarded his PhD and the birth of his first child, Yolanda Denise. During some long years of his life around this time, segregation was happening all over the United States. It will always be remember in history of this time period when everything for different races was different. Whites segregated mostly blacks and included other races and forced some crucial, hard times.
It was then in 1955 where Martin Luther King Junior lead others into the first bus boycott, which made an impact and everyone knew about it. It all took place after the world famous Rosa Parks did her part a few weeks earlier to get this campaign going against segregation. King's life was very hard and he paid for being a leader. Many whites all over the United States disrespected him and his family.
He continued however giving his famous speeches and activities that were against segregation. He went through so much in protecting his family since a bomb was left off in front of his house. He was later stabbed in the chest by a woman with a letter opener. King didn't stop here however. He did the right thing that he knew and he kept on going, passing all the devastation and troubles he was having during these times. One of King's best accomplishments consisted of getting the U.
S. Supreme Court to step in and illegalize the segregation of busing. No longer was it necessary for blacks to sit in the back and whites in the front. People of all races were aloud to sit wherever they wanted and this began a lot of segregation laws that came into play later in history. Since Martin Luther King Junior spent some time in jail after being arrested several times, his wife and others kept his programs and activities going while he was in jail to keep fighting against segregation. In 1963, Martin Luther went to Washington D.
C. where President Kennedy was planning on announcing a bill that would end all segregation in all public places. It was here that King gave his famous "I have a dream speech."I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today." Five years later, everything Martin Luther King Junior was working for was beginning to come alive. However, while on a trip in Tennessee, Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated by James Earl Ray in 1968. This tragic event caused violence in over one hundred cities that over the next few days and rioting by citizens from all over the United States. Experts say that over ten thousand people attended his funeral and that is just a prime example of how this man touched the lives of so many people out in the world and how he still does to this day. Many people agree to this day that Martin Luther King Junior is one the of most influential African-American citizens throughout American history. He changed the country for the betterment of it and people say we may never have someone like him, with that much power and respect, ever again.
This man sure made an impact on everyone he came in touch with and even more with people that listened and followed him.