An Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr.

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During the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, Martin Luther King, Jr. had become the “moral leader” and icon of the Civil Rights Movement. King had transformed into the martyr of the movement and spoke at around two hundred civil rights activism events a year. Still, King was torn between being the martyr for his people and showing support for other organizations with oppositional views. In Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, Taylor Branch illustrates the counter narrative of Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggles towards progress within the movement to the FBI, and the Kennedy Administration’s lack of involvement with civil rights, which blocked King’s progress as a successful black leader to prolong the unity of the movement. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s early role in the civil rights movement rarely had involvement with any type of protest. Instead King frequently tried to contain the intolerance of mainly young African-American activists who were carrying out their parents’ frustrations. King often tried to meet many conflicting groups’ demands from the Kennedy Administrat...
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