How Can One Person Change The World?

By:Ellie Akers

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an honest man. He was courageous. He had leadership. He was passionate. King was inspired by the Africans who gained independence from colonial rulers during the 1950's.

Martin was courageous. He aroused blacks alike to protest racial discrimination, poverty,and war. King inspired blacks throughout the south to hold peaceful sit-ins and freedom rides to protest segregation. In a moving appeal, known as the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" he replied to several white clergymen who felt that his efforts were ill timed.

King had leadership. He quoted, "I came to feel that this was the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom." In 1977 King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his battle against prejudice. In December 1955, King was chosen to head the Montgomery Improvement Association, formed by the black community to lead a boycott of the segregated city buses.

He was passionate. King combined his civil-rights complains with a strong stand against the Vietnam War. His energetic personality and persuasive oratory helped unite many blacks in a search for peaceful solutions to racial oppression.

As you can see, Martin is a very wonderful person. He is courageous. He has leadership. He is passionate. Martin's famous quote, "I have a dream."

Martin Luther King Jr.

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