Martin Luther King Assassination

comparative Essay
1270 words
1270 words

Introduction The assassination of Martin Luther King was a vital part of, not only Black history, but American history. In short, King was a civil rights activist. He was the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. As president of the SCLC, King’s main focus was to fight against segregation. He, then, began to form nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted negative attention from the police force that, unfortunately lead to brutal attacks on participants. In 1963 during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of millions and on television. These things make his death a notable and significant historical event. Dr. King dedicated his life and paid the ultimate price in the name of equality, justice, peace, and co-habitation for humankind. Background When Martin Luther King, Jr. spearheaded the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, he began a long tenancy as the representative for nonviolent demonstration during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. As a Baptist minister, he was a moral leader to the community. He was one the Black community looked up to for encouragement and strength in a tie where they were oppressed and unequally treated. Dr. King was known for being approachable; compelling and being able to move a crowd with the powerful and provoking words he spoke. He had a vision of how he wanted the world to look when the racism and discrimination would be no longer and all the children of all different ethnicities and backgrounds could play openly and cohabitate peacefully together. Because of all the hard work and dedication he put into his community and the Civil rights... ... middle of paper ... ...s left behind in the room Ray rented, the prints were matched to James Earl Ray. He was a fugitive on the run from the Missouri State Penitentiary. Finally, after over a month of Ray being on the run and authorities having challenges locating him, he was captured and placed in custody on June 8, 1968. Ray was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London, apparently on his way to Rhodesia. On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was given a sentence of 99 years in prison. Conclusion In conclusion, Dr. Martin Luther King is part of the reason why America is significantly more equal today than it was when he fought. He is still respected and honored today because of the large footprint he let in our history. In a time where standing up and going against the grain was frowned upon, he had the audacity to challenge authority and normalcy.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that martin luther king's assassination was a vital part of black history and american history. he was the leader of the montgomery bus boycott and the southern christian leadership conference.
  • Narrates how james earl ray escaped from a rooming house across the street from the lorraine motel, where he was renting the room.
  • Concludes that dr. martin luther king is part of the reason why america is significantly more equal today than it was when he fought.
  • Explains that martin luther king, jr. spearheaded the montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and was a moral leader to the community. he was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1964 for his tireless efforts against racism, discrimination, and segregation.
  • Explains that dr. martin luther king jr. was at the lorraine motel in memphis, tn when he was assassinated. the bullet broke his jaw, neck, and several vertebrae.
  • Explains that some people felt that their hero was taken from them and there was no one to speak on their behalf. kennedy urged the public to continue to carry out the vision king had for an equal nation.
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