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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on Civil Rights

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Transcript of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on Civil Rights

Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist pastor and a community leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his nonviolent acts of justice. He fought for equality. MLK believed that no matter the color of your skin, everyone deserved the right to be treated equally.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on Civil Rights
The March on Washington
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. It was the largest demonstration about Civil Rights and one of the first to be televised. The public demanded that the government end racism and violence. MLK gave his historic " I Have a Dream" speech. After the march on Washington, MLK and a group of civil rights leaders met president Kennedy to talk about the Civil Rights Act.

The Assassination
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968.
The death of King was a loss for people of all races.
Work Cited
Banting, Erinn. Civil Rights Movement. New York: Weigl, 2009. Print.
Schraff, Anne E. Martin Luther King Jr.: "We Shall Overcome." Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Pub., 2005. Print.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Rosa Parks brave act of not giving up her seat on a bus influenced many others. A group of activists, including Martin Luther King Jr.,started a group called the MIA( Montgomery Improvement Association). The MIA encouraged the black community to boycott public transportation. The boycott lasted a little over a year. The Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation unconstitutional in 1956.
Martin Luther Jr. helped with the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act for African Americans.

How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Impact History?
Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream changed the world. He made a huge impact during the civil rights movement in 1964 for racial equality.
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