If MLK Jr. was still alive he would be 87 years old. He was assassinated on April 4th 1968 at 39 years old (He was born January 15th 1929).
I am reading on wikipedia (which also happens to be their 15th anniversary today and that is my next post) a lot of interesting things about him. Such as his and his fathers original name is Michael King but they changed it because to honor a German reformer Martin Luther. I honestly had no idea. Now I am interested in this German reformer.
Another thing I found interested is the fact that during his time in college he fell in love with a white woman and wanted to marry her but couldnt because they were both different races plus the rage it would cause with both blacks and whites and had later broke up with her.
Normally on MLK Jr. birthday I seem to blog about his I Have a Dream speech, which is a great speech but today I wanted to do more than that. Since he is an historical leader I want to highlight his historical moments in history.
I think it should be highlighted that he was a Christian minister and his main influence was Jesus Christ and encouraged his non-violent civil disobedience during his protests.
The first event that lead to MLK Jr. becoming a national leader was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, which Nixon encouraged and MLK Jr led which lasted 185 days and which concluded in MLK Jr house being bombed and him being arrested. But the outcome ended the racial segregation on all Montgomery AL public buses. Isnt that amazing? And I hope no one was hurt during the bombing.
The times must have been hard though with the yelling of racial slurs and beatings if people did not move during protesting. It reminds me of when I watched The Butler when they did the same things in restaurants.
In 1957 MLK Jr and other civil rights activists founded Southern Christian Leadership Conference to use civil rights protests in a non-violent form and played a large part in the civil rights movement. Like I stated earlier I like the fact he didnt encourage violent behaviors. But of course the SCLC enraged both races.
The March on Washington in 1963 was to support better jobs and more freedom (to sum it up) for African-Americans and where MLK Jr delivered his famous speech I have a Dream which ended in success.
King also led the Selma Voting Rights Movement and Chicago Open Housing Movement. He also opposed the Vietnam War but ultimately his last campaign The Poor Peoples Campaign he marched for the poor Americans and then was assassinated in his motel room 2nd floor balcony around that same time.
But truly in the end he changed the world and left a legacy. 🙂