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Martin Luther King serves as a role model for many African Americans because of his contributions and fight towards civil rights.

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Everyone has someone that they look up to. It may be a hero or a role model. Martin Luther King serves as a role model for many African Americans because of his contributions and fight towards civil rights. King became very popular and touched the lives of many. According to Robert A. Divine and other authors of America Past and Present, the arrest of Rosa Parks sparked a massive protest movement that witnessed the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr., as an eloquent new spokesman for African Americans. King led a prominent bus boycott in honor of Mrs. Parks. The boycott successfully ended a year later when the Supreme Court ruled the Alabama segregated law unconstitutional. As a result, King became well known around the world with his belief of passive resistance. He visited Third World leaders in Africa and in Asia and paid homage to Ghandi. He led a victorious Prayer Pilgrimage to Washington in 1957 on the third anniversary of the Brown decision. He held many vigils and led many protests to end segregation. King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) ...read more.


This is inconsistent with a shot from the boarding house bathroom, but consistent with a shot originating from the ground below the boarding house window. It is possible that Ray had a doppleganger. Ray allegedly escaped in a white Mustang, but several witnesses reported seeing two white Mustangs on the street on April 4. People in the neighborhood said Ray "stood out" in the seedy area because he wore a suit. The driver of the other Mustang might have been a man in a similar suit seen several times eating at Jim's Grill near the Motel Lorraine. This mystery man became known as the "eggs and sausages" man, because he started showing up shortly before the assassination and always ordered eggs and sausages. On April 4, 1968, the "eggs and sausages" man ate his usual fare, paid his tab, and left the caf�. A few minutes later, King lay dying. Police picked up the "eggs and sausage" man for questioning after diners at the caf� reported what had happened, but he was never booked on suspicion of being involved with King's death. ...read more.


Suffice it to say that in 1978, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that there was a 95% probability that King was killed by a conspiracy. However, the House Select Committee also concluded that "James Ray fired one shot at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the shot killed King." After the House Select Committee released its final Report in 1979, Committee Chairman Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) and Chief Counsel G. Blakey ordered that all of the committee's backup. Credits Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters : America in the King Years, 1954-63. Simon & Schuster, 1988. Divine, Robert, et al. America: Past and Present. 5th edition; volume II, Addison Wesley, New York: 1999. Garrow, David J. bearing the cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Confrence. Morrow, 1986. Jakoubek, Robert E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chelsea Hse., 1989 For younger readers. Lewis, David L. King: A Biography. 2nd ed. Univ. of Illinois Pr., 1978. 2 1 Swimming pool: King's brother was later found dead in a swimming pool. Patsy: a flunky. Rosa Parks: Black woman who refused to give up her seat for a white person on a bus. Alabama Segregated Law: allowed whites to sit at the front of public buses and have first choice of seats; separated whites from blacks. Ghandi: leader of India ...read more.

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