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Martin Luther King Jr and the Mass Media Martin Luther King Jr was a very significant and influential man Though his life was cut short at 39 years old he left a big mark on todays society From the Prayer Pilgrimage of May 17 1957 an event and a date that marked Kings entre into the field of national Negro leadership to the unforgettable March on Washington Bennett 10 King was determined to reach his goal which was to have blacks and whiter united and treated equally King was faced with many obstacles including the press At first there was hardly any print about Kings events and protests When the events did get recognition Kings name wasnt mentioned at all Not until many years later when the protests sparked violence and death was Kings name mentioned and even then it was used in negative way In this paper I will discuss how the news magazines Time Newsweek and the US News went about distorting neglecting and eventually praising King and his events In order to help understand the Civil Rights Movement and it controversy you have to start at the beginning On the way home from work as a seamstress Mrs Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery City Line bus When asked to give up her seat for a white passenger Rosa Parks refused The bus driver left his seat and summoned the police The police officer arrested Rosa Parks for violating the cities segregation ordinances Bennett 59 Rosa Parks arrest sparked a one-day boycott that stretched out to 382 days That event started the Civil Rights movement and changed the spirit of Martin Luther Kings Jr Time magazine was the first of the newsmagazines to pick up the story of the bus boycott Lentz 26 Newsweek didnt print the story until five months after it happened In addition not until then did Kings name was mentioned by it or Time
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