Civil Rights Research Paper- Mlkj

“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’.”
-Martin Luther King Jr, ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech
African Americans of the 1950s all shared this dream for bright futures filled with equality and hope. Sadly, during this time, it was just a dream. In the American South, the equality that blacks were dreaming of was nowhere to be found. But this was all about to change during one of the most iconic eras of US history, the Civil Rights Movement.
    The Civil Rights Era began in the 1950s and lasted until the early 1970s. During this time after WWII, African Americans in the South were beginning to finally stand up for their rights and fight for equality. Because of this, the African American people were disrespected, mistreated, and killed. However, they didn’t stand down.   Sit ins and bus boycotts were organized and Civil Rights groups were formed. Eventually, they were granted equal rights.   Blacks could not have achieved what they did without leadership and guidance from Civil Rights activists and speakers, especially Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Martin was born on January 15, 1929. He grew up in a secure, loving home.   Martin and his family were deeply involved in church and worship. As a child, Martin was a precocious student- he skipped both ninth and eleventh grades and attended Morehouse College at the age of 15, in 1944!
    After attending several colleges and completing both his doctorate degree and PhD, Martin made the decision to pursue a career in the Ministry, following in his father’s footsteps. He became a pastor for a Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
    Always a strong supporter for members of his race, King became a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In early 1955, Martin was also elected to be the leader of the first African American...