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Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a Civil Rights leader throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Do you know how long ago that was? He led many non-violent protests throughout his time in hopes that we could all live together in a society without any judgment on one's skin color.

Martin Luther King Jr's first major civil rights action began when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. Because of her arrest, King arranged a protest to raise awareness on the issue and to encourage change. Because of his powerful actions, segregation on busses came to an end!

He led several protests, one with an attendance of over 200,000 people! This protest is where he made his famous "I have a dream" speech. Because of this movement, he helped pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

Due to his desire for equality and his will to always do the right thing, he has had a powerful impact on racism, segregation, and equality. He still makes an impact on our society to this day which is why we spend a day each year to reflect and honor him.

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