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Account for Martin Luther King's successes in giving improved civil Rights for Black citizens in the USA in the 1950's and 60's.

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Account for Martin Luther King's successes in giving improved civil Rights for Black citizens in the USA in the 1950's and 60's. Martin Luther King produced many successes for the civil rights of black Americans in the 1950's and 60's period. Along with the SCLC, he began to change the way that blacks were treated in an unequal racist society. With his extraordinary speaking ability, inspirational courage and strong-minded philosophies, he was the cause of many victories for the civil rights movement, changing the lives of millions of blacks living in America. As a well educated, successful man, he did not take a leading role in the civil rights movement until the Montgomery Bus boycotting, of 1956. As the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, he found it his duty to help the discriminated black community to fight against an unjust law. His job was in the organisation of the boycott. He was in charge of the financing of the project, deciding that people would not be charged for using the car pools, and he collected funds and donations from anybody who supported the cause. It was this organisation that He also gave many of the boycotters' inspiration and the strength to carry on when it looked like the Bus Company would not give in. Without King, it would have been doubtful that the boycott would have been a success. ...read more.


So as more and more people began to follow the protests, the strength of Martin Luther King's campaign grew stronger and stronger. With mass numbers of people attending the rallies, marches and boycotts, they became a force that could no longer be ignored. So with King's philosophies, the popularity towards the movement grew considerably across the world. This gave the protesters hope as they could see progress, and consequently, a difference to the situation. As the number of supporters for equality grew more and more people began to see what an inspirational person he really was. This was portrayed in his extraordinary speaking ability. King had the power to grip his audience, dramatically and powerfully delivering speeches that created an atmosphere of emotion and determination. This inspired his followers and motivated them to keep fighting for what they believed in. King was seen as a person who could articulate the black Americans demands. His "I have a dream" speech is still to this day one of the most famous speeches ever. He also delivered his message through his inspirational writings. With examples such as "A letter from a Birmingham Jail", he managed to draw many peoples attention to the racial problems in his country. He did not only attract more followers to his SCLC party, but he also joined with groups such as the SNCC and CORE to encourage people to work together. ...read more.


This was more acceptable than the radical idea's of Malcolm X, who wanted to gain power over the whites, and maintain racial inequality. For this reason, King's approach obviously gained more support. As a priest, King also used Christianity to show that blacks and whites were equal. Through religion, people could see that there were similarities between the groups, and equality should be created. It also kept the black people in unity, as they got together to pray and maintain hope of victory. King also became friendly with the presidents of the country, this way his message could be demonstrated to everybody. He was more likely to achieve his aims, if he had good relationship with the President, and therefore the country. King was eventually murdered for his cause, showing that he gave his life for the good of the racist situation. This indicates the passion, determination and courage he used to try and change the racist situation in America. He had dedicated his whole life to the campaign for civil rights, and with the introduction of the Civil rights bill of 1964, he had been successful. With such victories as Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery, with such tactics as the freedom rides, bus boycott and Sit-ins, and he had made an enormous impact on an unjust society. Along with many natural qualities such as his speeches and writing, he could build up mass support for the campaign, and with inspirational techniques and strategies, he was able to make huge steps towards equality in America.... ...read more.

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