Nationalism & patriotism Case Study

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Claim to Fame"

Martin Luther King Jr. Was an american pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African american Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian belief

Why was he assassinated?

On march 29, 1968, King went down to Memphis, Tennessee, to support the black sanitary public works employees who had been on strike since March 12 for higher wages and better treatment. Conspiracy Theorist believe, in one incident, black street repairmen received pay for two hours when they were sent home because of bad weather, but white employees were paid for full day. Later on at 6:01 p.m. April 4, 1968, a shot was fired as King stood on the motel's second floor balcony, King was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospitals at 7:05 p.m.

What feelings did This person promote or create while they were alive? (Negative or Positive)

Martin Luther King Jr. promoted that every person should be treated equal and payed equally using non violence during his act. King also acknowledged to put a stop to the racial system that was going on in America, this had caused many riots & just to try and stop it, it had caused a lot of violence towards the police and the people.

The Aftermath of this persons death

The assassination led to a nationwide wave of race riots in Washington D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Louisville, Kansas city, and dozens of other cities. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was on his way to Indianapolis for a campaign rally when he was informed of King's death. He gave a short speech to the gathering of supports informing them of the tragedy and urging them to continue King's ideal of non-violence and other civil rights leaders also called for non-violent action, the city of Memphis quickly settled the strike on terms favorable to the sanitation workers. The racial hatred towards the blacks and the whites was settling down towards the years, white and black people were seen together in schools and other places, Martin Luther King Jr. made a huge impact towards the racial act, til this day we are reminded of his powerful "I have a dream" speech