Martin Luther King Jr.
.His Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather were all ministers
.Original name was Michael
.He hated White people at first
.Learned to really dislike segregation when his white best friend wasn't allowed to play with him
.Tried to kill himself after his grandma died
.Skipped two grades and went to college at the age of 15
.Got his bachelors degree at 19 and his PhD
.Marries his wife Coretta on June 18, 1953 and has 4 children with her
.Gets his first Pastor job at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on October 31, 1954
.Elected head of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) to protest bus laws
.Becomes leader of Southern Leaders Conference (SLC) on February 14, 1957
.Is stabbed in Harlem on September 20, 1958
.Goes to India to find out more about Gandhi and non-violence movement
.Attends signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
.Becomes the youngest Male to every win Nobel Peace Prize (35) on December 10, 1964
.On March 25, 1965 King marches from Selma to Montgomery to protest for Voting rights
.Was arrested a total of 29 times in his life
.Gives Anti-war speech on April 4, 1967
.Gives final speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968 before being assassinated the next day by a sniper.
Coretta King- Coretta King was Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife. He credits her for being his "anchor" when things got rough. Every time there was a problem such as a killing or violence outbreak it was Coretta who would comfort King and give him the support to continue towards his path. In fact, King claims that Coretta was stronger emotionally than him and that without her he would not have been able to lead the Civil Rights movement.
Mahatma Gandhi- Perhaps the most influential figure in King's life was Gandhi. When King learned of Gandhi, and how his nonviolence movement was an instrumental part in gaining India's freedom from Great Britain, it gave him hope that the same thing could be used in order to gain more civil rights for African Americans. By following Gandhi's methods and adding a few of his own twists, King was able to gain many rights for his fellow African Americans. While King was inspired by Gandhi's nonviolence stance, he was also captivated by his humble personality. King states he had great respect for how Gandhi didnt let the fame get in is head and was able to stay true to his roots. This helped King mindset a lot when he was rising in fame for his efforts in the Civil Rights Movement.
If i had the same skills as MLK i would take up the cause of achieving perfect equality between people of all races and religions. I would use his ability to speak to give speeches that convey the message " even though a lot of people consider all races and religions equal, it would be better if everyone would think that way." I would make sure to let everyone understand that so many lives can be saved if we stop fighting just because of the color of our skin or what god we believe in.
MLK the Activist
In the article "Martin Luther King", the author, Jack E. White, talks about MLK and his impact on America today. White claims that King was the main leader during the Civil Rights movement and that without him desegregation would have not happened. He also claims that King did just as much for the white community as he did for the black community. His reasoning behind this is that since MLK was able to achieve desegregation he saved America from its hypocrisy. White explains that America wouldn't be able to call themselves leaders of the free world if they had their black citizens discriminated and ridiculed against. Also that America wouldn't be able to take down the "Iron Curtain" in Europe if they had their own curtain separating Blacks and Whites. He concludes that therefore, MLK had paved the way for America to become one of the greatest countries in the world. White's claim that MLK saved America is correct. America had wealth, technology, and military strength to make it a superpower. However, America had no right preaching about Democracy or freedom all these years while part of its population was oppressed. It was because of MLK and the Civil Rights movement that the bonds of desegregation broke and America was able to free itself from the one thing that held them back as a country. Also, White's claim about MLK being the only one to achieve desegregation is false. The Civil Rights movement was a result of years of pent up frustration in the black community to be truly free. It wasnt that MLK wanted African Americans to be free so it happened. MLK was the main leader of the Civil Rights movement, but if he wasnt there someone else would have taken his spot. Desegregation might have taken slower if MLK wasnt the leader,but it still would have happened eventually. MLK was just the right at the right time; even so, he still deserves all the credit and more for what he did for Americ and its citizens.