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Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a Civil Rights Activist, a Worldwide Figure

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a Civil Rights Activist, a Worldwide Figure

Being assassinated for doing something to try and make the world a better place seems extreme and not many people would do it with those risks. However, there are people in this world that will sacrifice everything for what they believe in. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the few people in the world willing enough to put himself in danger for a cause he believed in. Martin Luther King, Jr. overcame the segregated world by being a leading figure in the civil rights movement, preaching of nonviolent protests and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

For 382 days King led the Montgomery City Bus Boycott. This was the first major protest that King led and therefore gave him a bit more publicity as a civil rights activist. It was the spark that caught fire and spread as a wildfire. A large portion of the bus line costumers were African Americans and they were all forced to sit in the back which was usually a cramped area. The situation came to light when Rosa Parks didn't want to give up her seat to a white man because she was tired from working all day. Dr. King caught word of this and decided on a peaceful way to end segregation on city bus lines. To simply refuse to ride the buses. This would hurt the bus lines financially and would drive for a change, or so the thought process was. It took a little over a year before finally they let up on the segregation laws and allowed the African Americans their rights. This was one of the first wins of King over the segregated world.

Shortly after the Montgomery Bus Boycott the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was created, in which Dr. King was a leader of. The SCLC gave King...

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...l Peace Prize was probably one of his greatest achievements. Previous awards he has won is winning class president in a mainly white class which was almost non-existent. He was in seminary classes before the civil rights movement really got going. He was probably lucky to be in a seminary college at all given the fact that integration had not been pushed yet.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a worldwide figure of peace and justice for what he believed in. He kept his policy of peaceful protests no matter what he was put through or what happened to him or how hard people tried to discourage the philosophy. Through being arrested, harassed, and beaten. Not only sticking to what he believed in but encouraging others to do the same. Dr. King helped change the way the law looked at African Americans andhelped greatly to gain equal rights for African Americans.

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