Martin Luther King Jr. Speech

Martin Luther King Jr. Speech
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  • The Civil Rights movement was a struggle for justice and equality for African Americans that happened mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. It was led by people like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the Little Rock Nine, and many others.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist Minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968
  • Segregation was a major problem at the time and was treating colored people poorly.
  • White People had their own water fountains, diners. and bathrooms
  • Before Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I have a dream..." speech he would preach in churches and in public. He would preach about freedom and equal rights for people of all colors, and he would have his preaching open to all.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech took place on August 28, 1963 and was given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he called for civil and economic rights and to end racism in the United States.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech brought even greater attention to the civil rights movement, which had been going on for many years. King's speech was also held underneath Lincoln Memorial, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in the southern states. (SS)
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  • He went on to lead similar campaigns against poverty and international conflict.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals.
  • He always maintained fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere are equal members of the human family.
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