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Michael King Jr was born January 15 1929 in Atlanta Georgia Lawhorne Later in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther Michael King Jr would adopt the name Martin Luther changing his name to what is known today as Martin Luther King Jr Lawhorne Martin Luther King Jr played a major role in resolving segregation of African Americans Lawhorne King was also instrumental in creating acts such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Lawhorne King received several honors in his life time including the Nobel Peace Prize of 1964 Lawhorne He was the youngest individual to ever receive this award Lawhorne King wanted equal treatment for African Americans and attempted to achieve it through nonviolent rallies Vox King was thought to be the most influential voice of the American Civil Rights Movement which worked for equal rights for everyone Vox King was known for using peaceful methods to achieve fairness Lawhorne He put forth every effort to make people recognize that everyone should be treated equally Vox King and the protests that he was a part of were significant in helping relationships of different races in the United States Lawhorne On December 1 1955 42 year old Rosa Parks was on a bus in Montgomery Alabama when she was told to stand up and let some of the white passengers have her seat Vox When Parks refused she was put in jail for breaking a law set forth by the Montgomery City Code Vox Parks arrest marked the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Vox King was chosen to lead the bus rally and host the meetings at his church Vox On December 5 1955 the Montgomery Improvement Association the organization leading the boycott elected King as its President Vox For over a year African Americans had to go to work on foot Vox They were intimidated badgered and assaulted daily during these bus
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