Group #6 - P.1
For this year’s P.O.T.Y. awards our group has chosen to nominate Martin Luther King Jr. We decided to nominate King because he was a very successful civil rights activist who had many accomplishments in overcoming racial obstacles during the 1950s to 1960s. We believe that without the contribution of Martin Luther King Jr., discrimination and segregation would still exist today. King’s bravery and intelligence was the key to achieving the rights for the black community. Without this breakthrough, the U.S. would have been incapable of becoming culturally diverse and successful as it is today.
Group #6, P.1
Martin Luther King Jr., a well known American figure in U.S. history. King has been an important key into being successful in gaining civil rights to the black community. Although many of his works haven’t received as much recognition, it is safe to say that without his help, the goal to unify the nation would not have been possible. Best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, King has had many events in his life that have been just as significant.
Born on January 15, 1929 in the city of Atlanta, Alabama, King has never had an easy childhood. Living in the South was tough for black southerners because white southerners did not treat them as equal individuals. Since King was a little kid, he has faced many challenges and racial discriminations. He once had a friend that was white, but overtime the white boy’s parents did not want him to play or communicate with King as he was not white. This experience has triggered depression on King and has had to suffer through it his entire childhood. As a result of the depression and trauma, King has developed resentment towards the white community.
Growing up, King also had a very good education. Due to his father’s abuse, King worked hard to achieve in school, which he demonstrated as he skipped the ninth and twelfth grade. King also always looked up to his father as he would often protest against segregation. King wanted to one day be able to do what his father does, but he after graduating from Morehouse College, King decided to enter the ministry. King loved law and medicine but he chose to pursue his religion, Christianity. For the next couple of years, King would be evoked in Christian studies.
After King got a doctorate at Boston University and got married, he had 4 kids and went back to live in Alabama. Upon living in Alabama for a little over a year, King became a pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. After the incident with Rosa Parks, many civil rights activists joined together to create an organization called the Montgomery Improvement Association and appointed King as the head leader as he was very well respected and new to the town. King did not refuse and began to lead the activists, despite the fact that he was putting himself and his family in danger. A year later, after many protests and speeches, the organization was successful in getting rid of the segregation in buses.
After his huge success in Montgomery, King went to high extents to get rid of segregation in the South. He became very famous and started to become the voice of the black community. King began to join forces with other civil rights leaders and start creating protests. Due to King being very religious, he incorporated religion in his speeches and also came up with the idea of peaceful protests. In this speeches, King actually preached to the people on Christianity and gave them hope/ strength to keep going. Years later, King was able to accomplish many goals for the black community than other civil rights activists ever have. For example, King was able to get rid of segregation in schools, in communities, and even gain voting rights to the black southerners. Unfortunately on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated while giving a speech. Although King died, he remained a huge icon in the civil rights movement and his accomplishments were forever remembered.