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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