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Martin Luther King, Jr. the person who is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights during the 1960, Martin was an American activist and the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
The African-American Civil Rights Movement was a social movement in the United States, its member’s goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans. Thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers’ efforts, African-Americans rights, their legal recognition and federal protection was accomplished.
Without a doubt Martin Luther King, Jr is a character who accomplished many important and significant social changes, changes that helped establish rights and movements that even this day help us.
Martin Luther King Jr. Early Days
The middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King, young Martin was actually born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. The King family had a strong religious background, ideas that would influence young Martin and help him in the future. Young Martin had an older sister, Willie Christine, and a younger brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King.
Their parents offer the young Kings’ a secure and loving environment while growing up; historians have mentioned that in the King family Martin Sr. had a strong character who thought the children values, respect, and obedience with a strict hand, however their mother gentleness and kind heart balanced out the father's strict disciplinary hand.
Young Martin growed-up in Atlanta, Georgia at a time where segregation was strong, a time a much violence in the USA. Unfortunately black Americans, suffer many unjust treatments during this time, the event young Martin witness inspired him to cause a change.
It is also during his youth that his father, Martin Luther King Sr. fought against racial prejudice, strongly discouraged any sense of class superiority with his children, seeing his father strong opposition to segregation left a lasting impression on young Martin.
'I Have a Dream'
Many significant events occur in Martin Luther King Jr. life before publicly speaking his famous speech, “I have Dream” in the spring of 1963. For example, in 1955, he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957.
Significantly in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, placed Dr. King as a national figure. In this peaceful boycott Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy, protested against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott lasted for 385 days and as the pressure increased across the country, the Supreme Court was brought in to resolve and make a decision. The Supreme Court final ruling was for the city to pass decree authorizing black bus passengers to sit virtually anywhere they chose, unfortunately, these tense moments also caused King's house was bombed.
Today much has changed and many will agree that segregation base on color is not as strong as in the 60ths however, Martin dreams is still not fully achieve. In this famous speech, Dr. King mentioned:
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." — Martin Luther King, Jr. / "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963
Dr. Martin Luther King has influenced the lives of many and when reviewing his accomplishments we can clearly see how America has advanced. This dark past should never be repeated and this list of movies showed us the impact of Civil Right Movements:
- Gandhi (1982)
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
- Hairspray (2007)
- In the Heat of the Night (1967)
- Malcolm X (1992)
- Selma (2014)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
We are proud of Dr. King accomplishments and hope that his story inspires you to help other and fight for what’s right.
Here at Sani Dental Group we believe that soon Dr. King dream will be achieved. Today’s generations have a different points of view when compared the points of view the 1960 had. We have reached new levels of social justice and several of these accomplishments were reach thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a Dream” speech.
Our dental clinic in Los Algodones encourages all of our readers to take a min off your busy schedule to commemorate one of the greatest orators in American history