“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things thatmatter.” Martin Luther King Jr. said this in one of the many inspiring speecheshe delivered. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was aBaptist minister and a social activist who organized many of the largest andmost effective civil rights protests from 1954 to 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. wasa significant part of the American Civil Rights Movement because of theprogress he made with nonviolence.
He inspired many African Americans to standup for their rights and make a change. Kingfollowed Mahatma Gandhi’s way of nonviolence and got motivation from hisChristian faith. He had a lot of major achievements in his time as a civilrights activist.
He participated in the March for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 werehe delivered his speech “I Have a Dream” in which he pleads for an end toracism and for racial equality. In that speech, he mentions a lot of thingsthat encouraged people to fight for their rights. He says in his speech thatthey should not resort to violence in the course of achieving equality betweenall races. “In the process of gainingour rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.” King was knownfor leading a nonviolent movement and even won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964because of it.
In that same yearCongress passed the Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminateagainst African Americans or other minorities. Martin Luther King Jr.inspired many people with his words. He made a lot of progress in the CivilRight Movement using strategies of nonviolence throughout his leadership.
Hegave his speech “I Have a Dream” which today is one of the most recognizedones, in the march that played an important part in the passing of the CivilRights Act. Even with all his achievements there is still a lot of injustice inthe world. We should follow his example to help make this world a better one.