Can you imagine how one person changed the whole Civil Rights movement and helped promote civil rights for all of humanity? This was the life of Martin Luther King Jr; one of the most famous Baptist ministers, who overcame obstacles and became a remarkable leader of the Civil Rights movement. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were Martin Luther King, Sr., who was a minister and his mother, Alberta King, was a school teacher. His parents taught him from a young age that segregation was not fair.
From time immemorial, the promoters of social justice utilize rhetorical strategies to persuade theirs opponents of theirs claims. The proponents of the movement for civil rights for African Americans have made an intensive use of those strategies to advocate their cause. On April 16, 1963, from the jail of Birmingham, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an extensive missive to eight clergymen who had attacked his work for civil rights in a public statement released on April 12, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. primarily aimed this letter at those eight leaders of the white Church of the South. However, the eight clergymen's letter and the response from Martin Luther King, Jr. were publicly published.
This letter addressed the criticism he received while peacefully protesting. It was also a response to the injustices he witnessed and experienced while visiting the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Birmingham branch. He explains how he and the SCLC organized their plans of nonviolent action for change in not only the segregated schools in Alabama, but for the discriminated people of America. Dr. King declares, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied” (344). He states that African American people have waited more than 340 years for constitutional and God-given rights (King 344).
The main purpose of a persuasive text is to convince the readers to agree with or support the individual’s point of view. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an emotional and politically influential speech “I Have a Dream…” that includes many persuasive techniques. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had an important influence on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Through his involvement, he played a critical role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of that nation.
His grandfather was the founder of the Atlanta Chapters of the NAACP, and his father was the Pastor of the Eboniza Baptist Church where he worked as a Civil Rights Leader. Dr. King attended Morehouse College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1948. Dr. King married Coretta Scott King in 1953. After graduating with honors from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951, he went to Boston University where he earned a PHD in Divinity in 1955. After graduating from Boston University, Dr. King became the Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama where he began the activities that would make him an American Civil Rights Leader.
Martin Luther King studied theological at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania He was appointed president of a predominantly white senior class; and was awarded his B.D. in 1951. Following his education at Cozer Theological Seminary, he decided to enroll in graduate studies at Boston University. He was elected President of the Senior Class and delivered the valedictory address and won the Peral Plafkner Award as the most ou... ... middle of paper ... ... was designated to honor this exceptional man and his efforts in the civil right movements. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15.
King and several others founded a leadership called southern Christian leadership conference, to organize a power of black churches to help out with civil rights. He had several marches to converge with others to listen to him upon discrimination and help cure of segregation of others. Upon the march on Washington, 1963 about freedom, starting out with the famous president Abraham Lincoln who wanted to free slaves and not wanted discrimination in the world “Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the conscience of his generation. A Southerner, a black man, he gazed upon the great wall of segregation and saw that the power of love could bring it down. From the pain and exhaustion of his fight to free all people from the bondage of separation and injustice, he wrung his eloquent statement of what America could be. (Ansboro, pg.1) An American clergyman and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he was one of the principle leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King's challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950's and 1960's, helped convince many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States.
However, in honor of minister and civil-rights activist Martin Luther Baptist, his parents gave him the name Martin. In 1931, King’s father became the lead pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, a very successful minister as his father and grandfather had been. A very intelligent man, King skipped ninth and eleventh grades, graduating Book T. Washington High School at the age of fifteen. Dealing with segregation at a young age, King believed in the goodness of man and the great potential of American democracy. After graduating high school, King went on to study theology at Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution in Atlanta, where his father had attended.
Dwight Mills Jr. Professor James Clarke Introduction to US history 2 April 30, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr was an individual who not only impacted the African American community but also brought political justice to the many Americans who were oppressed. Simultaneously, he was influenced by his Southern roots; in Atlanta Georgia is where King learned his basic foundation of religious and political leadership. Despite the fact of only being thirty- nine at the time of his death, King left an outstanding voice on the social injustice that occurred during the civil rights movement. King paved the way for many Americans; his voice inspired many of the twentieth century; later lead to major intellectual, cultural, and political developments.