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How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has affected my life.

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In Dr. Martin Luther King's lifetime, there were many things done to help all peoples, but mostly for poor and uneducated people. Here is an example of how his works have affected my life, today. In late 1967, Dr. King started a Poor People's Campaign designed to deal with economic problems that had not been addressed by earlier civil rights reforms. The idea for the Poor People's campaign grew out of what King named the "second phase" of the civil rights struggle. Through nonviolent direct action, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) hoped to focus the nation on economic inequality and poverty. ...read more.


S. Congress and other governmental agencies for an "Economic Bill of Rights", which would include full-time job commitment, a guaranteed yearly income measure, and more construction of low-income housing. The following year, while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated after he delivered his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop". The King family and SCLC leadership decided to go on with the campaign after Dr. King' s death, to honor King, but the absence of King's leadership was believed to have affected the campaign's success. The Poor People's Campaign failed to force a response from legislators, and ended in June 1968 without making a major impact on the nation's economic policies. ...read more.


Now, President Johnson urged unity. Many sporting events, Hollywood's Oscar Awards Ceremony, and the Presidential nomination campaigns were all postponed. Reverend Ralph Abernathy, chosen to succeed King as SCLC President, successfully led the Memphis sanitation workers and the city of Memphis in reaching a settlement of the 65-day strike. Because of the economic and educational changes made through the years that affected my great-grandparents, grandparents, and my parents, I can see why there are so many possibilities for myself. With the opportunity to go to good schools, I can get as good as an education as I want. Now, I can be able to reach for that dream that my fore-parents only had the chance to wish for. HOW DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. HAS AFFECTED MY LIFE ...read more.

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