Civil Rights Era
It has been almost one hundred years since The Emancipation Proclamation. African Americans in the southern states were still living in racially violence, unequal, and segregated world, (“1960’s Civil Rights Movement 1960-1970,” 2012). African Americans were not permitted access to public pools, beaches, parks, and some hospitals. Jim Crow laws passed in the southern states created two separate societies one for African Americans and one for Whites. African Americans still could not ride buses, trains, set together in restaurants, waiting rooms, theatres, or schools (“1960’s Civil Rights Movements 1960-1970” 2012). Many leaders within the African American community rose and took a stand of importance during this time.
In 1954, the Supreme Court abolished the “separate but equal” policy that formed the foundation for the state approved discrimination. Across America this caused national attention to the dilemma that African Americans were still facing (“1960s Civil Rights Movement 1960-1970,” 2012). In the following years to come, activists wanted to bring about a change, the change would make use of nonviolent protests and civil disobedience. Such activists included Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. These activists made great progress toward the fight for freedom and equality. Even if at times their lives were at risk (1960’s Civil Rights Movement 1960-1970, 2012). This paper I hope will enlighten and summarize the life, contributions, and impact Martin Luther King Jr. had during the Civil Rights era.
Martin Luther King Jr., grew up in an activist family. Marcus Garvey’s “Back to African American minister. King was an excellent student. He excelled through grade levels and entered Morehouse College at the young age of 15 (U.S. History., 2013). Attending Crozer Theological Seminary and receiving his Bachelor’s of Divinity degree. He then attended Boston University and gained his P.H.D., as well met and then...