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How did Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. contribute to the struggle for black equality?

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Amie Montgomery

on 1 December 2012

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Transcript of How did Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. contribute to the struggle for black equality?

Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955- Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, consequently being arrested and put in prison. This resulted in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, lead by Martin Luther King Jr. After 382 days of no black people traveling on public transport, businesses went bankrupt and Rosa Parks was imprisoned again. In 1956 segregation on public transport became illegal. This was when Martin Luther first became well known. 1963- Martin Luther King Jr. performed a 17 minute speech in Lincoln Memorial to 200,000 of his supporters. It was one of the most influential speeches of the 20th century. 'I Have A Dream' 1963 - 1964- Martin Luther was voted Man of the year in Time Magazine, for two years running because of the march he lead and the speeches he gave. He also was the youngest person to win a Nobel peace prize at the age of 35. This was awarded to him because of his help in the non-violence resistance plan. Man of the year April 3rd 1968 - Martin Luther delivered his final speech in Memphis Tennessee. He made clear in this speech he knew people wanted him dead, but to him it didn't matter anymore because he had been to the 'promised land'. This speech was so effective as the next day he was assassinated. I've been to the Mountain top (final speech) Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination "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." Martin Luther King Timeline of events: 1953- the first bus boycott starts
1955- the courts order desegregation of schools
- Rosa Parkes is arrested
1956- Montgomery buses are desegregated
1959- Montgomery story is published
1961 - Dr King and other protesters are arrested
1963- Bull Connor is thought to be the face of racism
1964- Martin Luther is Named Man of the year
- Dr King meets Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King is Arrested for trying to eat in a white person only restaurant.
- Martin Luther King is offered a Nobel Peace Prize
1965- Malcolm X is assassinated
- March lead by Martin Luther King
1968- Martin Luther King gave his last speech.
- Martin Luther King is assassinated on his balcony in his home.
- Martin Luther King is given a funeral on April 9.
- James Earl Ray is arrested for his death
1998- James Earl Ray dies in his cell. So how did Martin Luther King Jr contribute to the struggle for black equality? "Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead.
But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop." 1968- Luther King was assassinated in his Tennessee hotel the day after his 'I've been to the mountain top' speech. James Earl Ray was arrested for this soon after. Martin Luthers funeral was held on April the 9th, 5 days after his death. His speech the day before gave hope to the black community, and after years of fighting they achieved black equality. There is no doubt Martin Luther King contributed to black equality. By leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott he managed to get the first ever Jim Crow Law removed. His speeches were persuasive and inspired many black, and white people to fight for equality and his non violent approach to protests was the best way to achieve his life time goal.
All of his contributions were valuable but on evaluation we think the Montgomery Bus Boycott made the biggest impact on segregation. so why did James Earl Ray Kill Martin Luther King Jr? It was thought that James killed Martin Luther King because he agreed about segregation. He also thought that if he killed Martin Luther King, the person who was leading all of the problems, he would be seen as the hero and everyone would look up to him because he stopped all of the trouble.
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