Martin Luther King Jr.
By; Jynna Martinson
At a very young age he began high school at Washington High School. At age 15 he graduated high school and went straight to college at Marehouse College and graduated in 1948 with a degree in sociology. The he went to Cozer Theological Seminary and received his doctorates in Systematic Theology. Finally, he attended Boston University where he received a PHD in 1955. He was only 26 when he had finished his final year of college. Immediately after college, King has a vision of a society in which race wasn't an issue in how people were treated or how they were to live there lives. He fought for Rosa Parks in the Montgomery bus boycott and won the court case in June of 1956 which founded Montgomery to be unconstitutional. He also led the Albany movement protested segregated polices. Then again with the Birmingham Campaign which was a nonviolent protest against segregated businesses which led to man businesses and restaurants open to all races. In 1963 he was a major impact on the mach on Washington for jobs and freedom. At the march on Washington he gave his "I have a Dream" speech and advocated racial harmony and economic rights to all African-Americans. Then in 1964 he was awarded the noble-peace-prize which was a major accomplishment due to the fact that he was the first African-American to ever receive such a high honor. After much perseverance and many stressful long hours of protest Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4th, 1968, at the Loretta Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Although, he died his nonviolent protest and confidence among everyone affected the entire United States.
It's a despairing fact of today's society that Kings vision isn't a reality in american, nor anywhere else, but it is true to say that his vision affected our nation. While nothing is complete or perfect in the battle of civil rights, the efforts of Martin Luther King and many others like him have, in fact, changed the country and the world for the better. His vision gave hope and peace to the minorities stating that they too had a voice and shouldn't have to hide behind the fear of rejection. Even though our world has its obstacles there are exceptional people leading our country to bring our nation closer together to live in harmony.