“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. said this in one of the many inspiring speeches
he delivered. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a
Baptist minister and a social activist who organized many of the largest and
most effective civil rights protests from 1954 to 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was
a significant part of the American Civil Rights Movement because of the
progress he made with nonviolence. He inspired many African Americans to stand
up for their rights and make a change.
followed Mahatma Gandhi’s way of nonviolence and got motivation from his
Christian faith. He had a lot of major achievements in his time as a civil
rights activist. He participated in the March for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 were
he delivered his speech “I Have a Dream” in which he pleads for an end to
racism and for racial equality. In that speech, he mentions a lot of things
that encouraged people to fight for their rights. He says in his speech that
they should not resort to violence in the course of achieving equality between
all races. “In the process of gaining
our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.” King was known
for leading a nonviolent movement and even won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
because of it. In that same year
Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminate
against African Americans or other minorities.
Martin Luther King Jr.
inspired many people with his words. He made a lot of progress in the Civil
Right Movement using strategies of nonviolence throughout his leadership. He
gave his speech “I Have a Dream” which today is one of the most recognized
ones, in the march that played an important part in the passing of the Civil
Rights Act. Even with all his achievements there is still a lot of injustice in
the world. We should follow his example to help make this world a better one.