Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader. Here are the five incredible things about the Man, on 15th January – The Martin Luther King Jr. day.
1. The 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott was led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Parks was arrested as she refused to give her seat to a white man on the bus in Montgomery. This led to the Montgomery Bus boycott led by Martin Luther King Jr. which lasted for 385 days. It led to furious revolt amongst the whites and they even bombed the kings house. The king was arrested for the first time during this Bus Boycott. The Boycott ultimately led to end of the segregation on all Montgomery Public buses.
Ex U.S. President, Barack Obama remembers Martin Luther King Jr. saying he was just 26 when he started the Boycott rally.
2. The famous letter from the Birmingham Jail.
Angered by the situation going on in the state during his imprisonment which he read in the newspaper smuggled in the Jain by one of his men, An open letter was written by the King deriding the falsehood that their protests were inciting violence. He urged the clergymen that “parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing” should be done in court, not in the streets.
3. Noble Peace prize won in 1964.
The king became the youngest person to have won the Noble peace award at the age of 35. He gave away the full prize money of $54123 for the civil Rights movement.
4. One of the big Six for the 1963 March in Washington.
The Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the ‘Big Six’ to lead the biggest protest of the Washington, DC of that time.
5. The famous ‘I have a dream’ Speech.
During the March in the Washington DC, the king gave the powerful heart throbbing 17 minute speech which is considered as one of the best speeches in the US history. The speech was given at the Lincoln Memorial and is now known s the famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech.
So, Did u get to learn something new about the Great Martin Luther King Jr. today?