If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms. We have some eighty-five affiliate organizations all across the south- one being the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Whenever necessary and possible we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates.
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His eloquence as a speaker and his personal charisma, combined with a deeply rooted determination to establish equality among all races despite personal risk won him a world-wide following.
His success in galvanizing the drive for civil rights, however, made him the target of conservative segregationists who believed firmly in the superiority of the white race and feared social change.
He was arrested over 20 times and his home was bombed. Ultimately, he was assassinated on April 4,on the balcony of a motel where he was staying in Memphis. A monument to Dr. King was unveiled in the national capital in His father, in a interview, said that both he and his son were supposed to be named for the leader of the Protestant Reformation but misunderstandings led to Michael being the name on birth records.
The boy became the third member of his family to serve as pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father.
His training and experience as a minister undoubtedly contributed to his renowned oratorical style and cadence.
He also followed the educational path taken by his father and grandfather: He then went on to study theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, an integrated school where he was elected president of his senior class although it was comprised primarily of white students.
Inhe received an advanced degree from Boston College in Massachusetts; he had completed the residence for his doctorate two years earlier. Ina Boston University investigatory committee determined he had plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation; plagiarism was also discovered in his word at Crozer.
However, the committee did not recommend his degree be revoked. Evidence of plagiarism had been discovered by Boston University archivists in the s.
While in Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, who would be his lifetime partner in both marriage and his campaign for civil rights. Negroes, the term then used for the African race, were relegated to the back of the bus and had to give up their seats if a white person wanted them.
Since many blacks lived in poverty or near-poverty, few could afford automobiles, and public busses were essential to them for traveling to and from work and elsewhere. During the boycott, King became a target for segregationists.
Personal abuse, arrest, and the bombing of his home made clear the risks he would be taking if he continued to work with the movement for civil rights. Inthat movement spawned a new organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to focus on achieving civil rights.
King was elected president. King strongly influenced the ideals of the organization. During the next 11 years, he would speak over 2, times at public events, traveling over six million miles.
He also wrote articles and five books to spread the message farther.Martin Luther King Jr. Booking Photo Despite its importance, the Montgomery Bus Boycott failed to spark a wider effort to end racial segregation and voting discrimination in Alabama and the rest of the South.
The subsequent Civil Rights Act—which strengthened existing civil and voting rights. Nov 09, · Watch video · Martin Luther King, Jr.
was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the . 16 April My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my .
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Persuasion in “Letter From Birmingham Jail” After being arrested and imprisoned in Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.
wrote one of his most famous works to the people of Birmingham, titled “Letter From Birmingham Jail on April 16, The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, , by Martin Luther King Jr.
The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. Letter From Birmingham Jail 1 A U G U S T 1 9 6 3 Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the Birmingham jail, where he was imprisoned as a .