Martin Luther King Jr.: A Legend

Denise Rodriguez, Photographer

A tribute shall be paid to Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and an important figure to African Americans, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King was a dedicated and bold person who fought against the discrimination of African Americans in the United States and succeeded many accomplishment. 

The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 385 days, revealed King’s urgency to change societal racial standards. On December 1st of 1955, after an exhausting day at work, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a White man- due to this action, she was then arrested. This event then led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, planned by E.D Nixon and led by King. Nixon and King faced harassment, violence, and even attacks on their own home because of their actions to help the African American community.

King, Ralph, and many other ministers gathered together and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to organize the power of African American churches- this group helped conduct non-violent and civil protests. They sponsored more than 20 mass meetings in southern cities in order to register as many Black voters as possible. King was able to speak and lecture all over the country about race related issues. 

Birmingham, which was a well known racial divided city in the United States, inspired King to initiate a movement named the Birmingham Campaign. The campaign was finally brought to attention when the Birmingham Police Department, led by Eugen “Bull” Connor used high pressure water jets and attack dogs on the children. The movement ended in Connor losing his job and changes being made to the city’s discriminatory laws.

As one of the leaders of the civil rights organization, King helped organize the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. On August 28, 1963, the March drew more than 200,000 participants making it one of the biggest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history. King delivered his “ I Have A Dream ” speech, in which expressed his passion that all men shall be equal someday. One of his lines read:

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr. / “I Have A Dream” speech, August 28, 1963. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in which celebrates his birthday and recognizes Dr. King’s legacy of advocating for human rights during his lifetime.  the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. to pay tribute to a legend who fought for the rights of people of color. He shall be honored today and so on by continuing to fight for the rights of all individuals.