Martin Luther King Jr. Essay
The life story of the civil rights patriot Martin Luther King Jr. started with his birth in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. His father, Martin Luther King Sr. was a Baptist minister and preached for civil rights. When young Martin grew up, he knew he wanted to follow in his father footsteps and become a minister.
In 1955, King was asked to lead a bus boycott in Montgomery. It started when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white passenger. For one year, which the boycott lasted, he was arrested and jailed, repeatedly threatened, and his home was bombed. The boycott ended later that year when the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public transportation in Alabama. This was hisfirst victory in the civil rights movement.
In the following year he decided to move back to Atlanta to become co-pastor with his father. In 1963 he was back in Birmingham, Alabama, where he led a massive civil rights campaign, organizing drives for black voter registration, desegregation, and better education throughout the South. During that time he led the unforgettable March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to millions of viewers across the nation. The next year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He went on to launching hisfirst major northern campaign in Chicago. Black Baptists were there opposing him, and a mob of Ku Klux Klan members and Neo-Nazis met his marchers. With all that he had said and done, on April 3, 1983 he said “I have been to the mountain top and seen the promise land.” Sadly, the following day he was shot to death in Memphis Tennessee. Nearly 500,000 of his loyal admirers attended his funeral. It was the end of his civil rights crusade. Prejudices have always and will always exist among people. The prejudices this nation faces now, and has faced for years is racial oppression and segregation.
Martin Luther King had a dream. He didn’t want