CIVIL RIGHTS HEROS
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great civil rights leader whose contributions and sacrifice affected our society. Some of Mr King's famous work impacted our lives such as his Leadership. During his leadership Montgomery buses were desegregated on December 21, 1956. He became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in January of 1957. Martin Luther King, Jr and other protesters marched from Salem to Montgomery as they voiced their right to vote on March 17th - 25th of 1965.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s voice was very distinguished and never forgotten, his words encouraging to all. Some of his famous speeches were "I Have a Dream" which he delivered during the march on Washington on August 28,1963. Another famous speech was delivered during a rally at Mason Temple on April 3, 1968 called "I've Been to the Mountain Top." On May 17, 1957 a speech called "Give Us the Ballot" was deliverd during the Prayer Pilgrimage for freedom at the Lincoln Memorial. Martin Luther King met many famous people. June of 1958 he met with President Eisenhower. He also met with President Kennedy on October 16, 1961 to discuss civil rights ideas. Martin Luther King, Jr impacted our lives, helping us to grow and become a better people. A voice well missed and appreciated.
Rosa Parks was born on Feburary 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is well known for not giving up he seat to a white man while seated in the correct section of the bus. Because of Rosa's refusal to give up her seat landed her handcuffed and jailed. This stand started a city wide boycott which eventually ended segregation of public transportation nation wide. After the success of desgregating public transportation Rosa continued to fight for civil rights no matter where she lived.
The bus incident wasn't the first encounter with racism. During her childhood her father protected their family with a firearm as the Ku Klux Klan...