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Non- Violent Civil Rights Leader

On december 5th, 1955, Rosa Park refused to give up her seat for a white man and that influenced the organization of the Montgomery bus boycott. It consisted of having colored people refuse to ride the bus and it went on for several months. The issue was brought to the supreme court where it was declared that segregation is unconstitutional.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood"

Martin Luther King Jr. Facts:-Born on January 25, 1929 in Atlanta, GA.-At age 24 he married Coretta Scott and had 4 children with her.- Became a priest at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in montgomery, Alabama.-He helped to promote and organize boycotts as well as lead the Civil Rights Movement.- He was killed on April 4, 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. was influenced by Gandhi's teachings of the use of non-violence and used that philosophy in the protests he organized.

Martin Luther King Jr and several other religious leaders founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to help establish moral autority and to organize the black churches. The group also helped conduct non-violent protests to promote civil rights reform.

The Sit In Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina in the year 1960 was successful in ending segregation at lunch counters in 27 southern cities.


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