“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He was a famous political activist who advocated that black people should have the same rights as the whites. He was known for using the same tacits of nonviolent activisim which Mahatma Gandhi popularised.
King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which is an African-American civil rights organization that had a large role in the American civil rights movement. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize the March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Subsequently, he won the Nobel Peace Prize the year after for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
Unfortunately Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated on the 4th of April 1968 while planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign.