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It is because of Martin Luther King and his movement that the United States can.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man with a Vision November 3, 2002 It is because of Martin Luther King and his movement that the United States can claim to be a free, equal nation. Martin Luther King was a black civil rights and peace activist. King accomplished his goals by his nonviolent acts. He led marches, sit-ins, and protests and made many inspirational speeches and writings. King took a lot of persecution throughout his movement, he was jailed, threaten and even had his house bombed. Even though he was put through so much he still proceeded and would not give up on his struggle for racial equality. Martin Luther King changed the way people treated each other and was able to influence the American government to get rid of segregation and injustice. King was a man with a high degree of education. As a child he attended local segregated public schools in Atlanta, Georgia, which was where he was born. Even as a child King excelled in school. At the age of fifteen King attended Morehouse College and graduated at nineteen. After he finished with honours from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania when he was twenty-two, King went to Boston University where he earned a doctoral degree in systematic theology. ...read more.

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After the success of the Montgomery boycott movement, King and other Southern black ministers founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King became president of the SCLC, an organization that aimed to challenge racial segregation. The SCLC wanted to get rid of segregation through the courts; King and other SCLC leaders encouraged the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination. These protests included marches, sit-ins, and boycotts. King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail "The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. That is exactly what happened when violent responses followed protests and that caused the federal government to confront the issues of injustice and racism in the South. Due to King's rising success he started a series of campaigns in the early 1960's. The first was in 1961 in Albany, Georgia, where the SCLC joined local demonstrations against local hotels, transit and housing. SCLC increased the size of demonstrations, trying to create disorder that would cause white officials to end segregation to restore normal business relations. This strategy did not work and forced them to quit (Encarta, 2002, Online). ...read more.

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He began to argue for equal distribution of the nation's economic wealth to overcome black poverty. In 1967 he began planning a Poor People's campaign to pressure national law makers to address the issue of economic justice. Due to the success of Martin Luther King and his movement the United States can claim to be a free, equal nation. Martin Luther King committed his life to give the right of equality for all races. He knew the truth and took it upon himself to make sure everyone could enjoy it. It is too bad it had to take a man's death to change a nation, but King said himself that, "If physical death is the price I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from the permanent death of the spirit then nothing could be more redemptive." Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered and respected today as a martyr of the civil rights movement and a representative of change through nonviolent means (Stanford University, 2002, Online). REFRENCES White, J. (2002, November 2). Martin Luther King [Online]. Available: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/about_king/ King, M. (2002, November 2). Martin Luther King - Letter from Birmingham Jail. [Online]. Available: http://nobelprizes.com/nobel/peace/MLK-jail.html (1996, January). Martin Luther King Jr. - Civil Rights Leader. [Online]. Available: http://www.lucidcafe.com/lucidcafe/library/96jan/king.html Time. (2002, November, 2). Martin Luther King. [Online]. Available: http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/king3.html Encarta. (2002, October 29). Martin Luther King Jr. [Online]. Available: http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArtTextOnly.aspx?refid=716557424& print=0 2 ...read more.

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