Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is associated with many things. Many of the amazing accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. deal with King’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential men during the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born to Alberta and Michael King in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. His family involvement helped motivate Martin Luther King, Jr. to become a civil rights advocate when he was older. When King had been through school to become a pastor, he was offered a job in Montgomery in 1954. Once moved King came to be surrounded with the problems of segregation and unfair treatment in the South, this started King’s involvement in the civil rights movement. When he moved to back to Atlanta, his birthplace, in 1960 King had already written a book convincing others of the civil rights movement. Both King’s father and grandfather had been preachers at churches in the south. King used the ideals taught by his family to his advantage during the period of his involvement in the civil rights movement (“King… Vol. 1”). Along with his family, King was influenced by the nonviolence movement in India that was led by Mohandas Gandhi, King believed that the movement in America should be nonviolent as well. While in Boston, King met his future wife, Coretta Scott, a student at the Boston Conservatory, later to have four children, one named after his father (“King, Martin Luther, Jr.”).
In winter in Montgomery, Alabama, the year of 1955, a now esteemed Rosa Parks took a personal stand against racial prejudice when she would not give up her seat on the bus. In Montgomery it was procedure for African Americans to sit at the back of the bus or stand, her rebellion started the bus boycotts in Montgomery. From 1955 to 1968, King became known for his voice in the civil rights movement, fighting to abolish the Jim Crows laws, which were laws put in place to keep races separated. He...