Martin Luther King Jr Biography

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

More than anyone else, Martin Luther King stood as a figure head for the civil rights movement in America. It was Martin Luther King who was able to powerfully and eloquently express the aspirations of black people. His rhetoric was also visionary, he wished not for separation of blacks and whites (as some in the black power movement wanted; Martin Luther King made it clear that blacks and whites not only could live together, but to do so was absolutely necessary for benefit of society. Despite frequent threats against his life, Martin Luther King maintained a rigorous speaking schedule encouraging others to take part in non violent protest against the inequities of effective apartheid in American society. A landmark moment in the civil rights movement came at the million man march in 196? it was here that Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream speech" It brought the civil rights movement to the heart of American politics. The desire for equality and an end to separation had been powerfully elucidated and it was not possible to ignore anymore. Within a couple of years Lyndon Johnson's administration had initiated important civil rights legislation, which effectively ended decades of separation on racial grounds.



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