Martin Luther King lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the most important boycotts
People had to walk miles and miles just to sit where ever they wanted on the bus
By Austin D.
Library of Congress
Martin Luther King Jr. was a loyal person and he was also a leader because everyone knew he could be trusted and he was a person all the blacks followed. Also Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to tell everyone that blacks are God’s children as well, and they were created just the same way as whites. Martin Luther King Jr. is often considered the father of the Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King Jr. led a lot of marches to show people that blacks had rights also. One of the most important bus boycott marches was the Montgomery Bus Boycott which happened on December 1, 1955. Blacks joined King in the march to boycott city buses. Sixty percent of blacks and whites marched and didn’t ride the bus because they thought that it was unfair that the whites got to sit wherever they wanted and the blacks had to sit in the back. The boycott lasted 10 years, so people walked miles and miles just to sit wherever they on a bus!
On August 8, 1963 King gave his most important speech, “I Have a Dream.” This speech told people that blacks and whites are equal and they should be able to rejoice together. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to 250,000 people in Washington D.C. Since King was a kid he always had a way with speech and he thought if he was good at speaking now then he could be even better when he gets older.
As a leader Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded with many honors. One of those awards was the Nobel Peace Prize. King was awarded this prize on December 10, 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. won this prize because he believed in a peaceful world. He said not to fight with your fist but to fight with words that weren’t hurtful. King was also awarded a holiday named after him after he died. The holiday came to be in 1992 on Kings birthday, January 15. Streets were also name after him and programs are made after him.
Even though King’s life was cut short, he was still able to give black people equal rights. Also, with a lot of help he was able to stand up and give a message to people that segregation was wrong.
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