Martin Luther King Jr.

Now here is man that is truly awe inspiring, Martin Luther King Jr. He went from just being a American Baptist minister to being one of the most well known public speakers and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He had become a civil rights activist very early on in his career.  He is known for his tactics that match those of Mahatma Gandhi. These were the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience, a peaceful protest. Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize and lead multiple protests during the Civil Rights Movement. Through one of these protests,  the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, led to the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. He had also helped organize the March on Washington in 1963, this is the same place where he delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. With all the amazing and inspiring things he did in his lifetime he was able to receive the Noble Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality through nonviolent resistance on October 14, 1964. In just four short years later in 1968, when he was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign he was assassinated by James Earl Ray. King was then awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971 and as a U.S Federal Holiday in 1986. After that hundreds of things were dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C in 2011. There is so much more to King’s story that isn’t written here. I recommend you take a few minutes on this amazing day to read about him so you could see how truly motivating he continues to be. I hope you have an inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Keep the dream alive.

Stay motivated,

-Carlee

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