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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist and pastor who promoted and organized non-violent protests. He played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights in America and has won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight racial inequality in a non-violent matter.

Martin Luther King’s Activities

  • Brought publicity to major civil rights efforts
  • Promoted non-violence during protests
  • Contributed in founding the African-American Civil Rights Movement
  • Leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955
  • Was one of the founders of the South Christian Leadership Conference and its first president
  • Fought against segregation in Albany, Georgia
  • Helped organize non-violent protest actions in Birmingham Alabama
  • Was one of the organizers of the March of Washington in 1963 where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965
  • Worked on segregated housing in Chicago
  • Fought against poverty in America
  • Fought against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Planned the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a national occupation of Washington D.C., but was assassinated before this could happen.

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