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Martin Luther King led many civil rights movements rivals and peace marches He was an inspiration to many and a dream to all He was a compassionate caring and most of all a peaceful figure in the black communities in the 1950-60s He is a very important character in black history Martin Luther King went through many trails and tribulations throughout his life beginning at the tender age of six but he overcame all the downfalls of hatred with a peaceful weapon Martin Luther King was born in 1929 although his birth name is Michael King his father Reverend Martin Luther King Sr Daddy King had an inspiration to name himself after the Protestant reformer Martin Luther He declared to his congregation that they were to refer to Michael as Martin Luther King Jr Throughout his younger years Martin Luther King had to live through the suffrage of segregation At the age of six Martin understood in his mind that segregation meant separate but equal but within his heart he knew that it really meant separate and unequal An event that contributed to Martins understanding of segregation was during his high school years He traveled several hundred miles by bus to the town of Valdosta where he won second prize in a statewide speech contest On his way back home Martin was confronted one-on-one by the hatred of others He commanded to stand and let the white people have his seat Martin was determined not to move but soon realized that if he didnt move he would endangered the life of his teacher and himself He finally stood up for ninety miles until he was home That night will never leave my mind Martin Luther King was to say many times later It was the angriest I have ever been in my life1 He wanted to change the hatred within the nation He began to think of ways of how he could contribute to changing
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