Martin Luther King jnr was born on the 15th January 1929. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin lived with his mother, father, Martin Luther King senior and his brothers and sisters. They all lived in a nice family home and their lived were perfect apart from one major detail. The problem was that they lived in an area where most of the citizens were white and in this area the white’s thought the blacks were not as good as them. The city of Atlanta was at the southern part of the United States.
Martin first found out about how hard life was for black citizens at the tender age of six years. He was forced to break the friendship he has built with two of his best friends because they all had to attend different schools. This was all down to the fact that Martin had brown skin and his friends had white. Martin was being discriminated against.
Once Martin and his father walked in a shoe shop and sat down on the first row of chairs. The shop assistant told them that she could not serve them because they were black people sitting in the seats of black people. She also said that if Martin and his father were to move into the back seats she would be happy to help. Martins father did not understand any of this and would not co-operate because he thought she was in the wrong. In the end both father and son walked out of the shop. On another occasion two white policemen stopped Martin’s father. They were very rude calling Martin Luther King senior by “boy”. Martin’s Father expressed his opinion and was then arrested. This made a vast number of people very aggravated and they protested.
In many different periods of Martin’s live had he faced up to discrimination with a positive attitude. To get his points across Martin and his fellow followers used tactics such as freedom rides and sit-ins.
Freedom rides were when black and white people sat on buses together and mixed with each other in the durations of their journeys. This got many people, from both black and white ethnics, annoyed and angry. Some people attacked those who took part in these acts.
Sit-ins were of the same culture as freedom rides but instead of people mixing on buses, they used to go out and sit together in diners, coffee houses and cafe’s. Yet again this stirred up a lot of trouble and got many people angry. A vast majority of people got hurt.
Martin did not believe in violence and so used non-violent tactics. They did this because they believed that violence did not solve anything. The less violence they used the more the opposition got annoyed. The police got angry so they would resort to attacking the protesters who peacefully were making a point. The protesters would get the sympathy vote and they would them agree to be on their side and this way got more and more followers. So in the end Martin won the battle.
Martin was a religious person. He had very strong beliefs in God. In the year of 1954 Martin became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist church in Montgomery. When he used to work Martin used to pray with his fellow employee’s. The workers would often go to Martin for advice and this made him think.
Soon after Martin became a minister. He felt that this was due to the influences of God. Martin Luther King wanted to help people understand the teachings of God. He wanted to be a good black citizen and began to organise marches and protests, one of the marched being the great Selma march. While at college, Martin became interested in the teachings of Ghandi. Martin was influenced my Ghandi and used many of his idea’s.
Martin Luther King jnr was a strong person. He believed in making his opinion heard. He always wanted to protect his family. The weaknesses Martin suffered from were not as huge. They were just that he took everything back into his own hands and took everything that was thrown at him. At one stage of his life, a woman using a knife stabbed Martin. He pulled through and fully recovered. This made Martin very strong.
Today, Martin Luther King Still has an impact on the lives of many people. He is one of the world’s greatest exemplars. The way he used non-violent tactics won him many things. Today No arguments are solved, this is because everyone argues and fights over very little things. The teachings of Martin are still being talked about today. They help change the views of many people. Martin Luther King will never be forgotten.