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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a powerful leader of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He used many methods to persuade the American people to stop discrimination among African Americans. After the arrest of Rosa Parks, King and his friends helped organize protests against bus segregation. In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC was a group created to harness the moral authority and organizing power of black churches to conduct non-violent protests in the service of civil rights reform. King led marches for blacks to vote, have labor rights, prevent desegregation, and other basic civil rights. He successfully enacted with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King traveled the country making speeches and inspiring people to become involved in the civil rights movement. King and other civil rights leaders organized the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March on Washington took place on August 28,1963 with 250,00 people present. The March represented civil rights leaders who wanted to address civil rights and discrimination among African Americans. Martin Luther King. Jr. addressed America with the most famous and the most inspirational speech. He spoke of an America where his children "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

I think his methods were extremely effective. Martin Luther King Jr. made a difference that changed our whole world from 1963 until this present day. African Americans are no long discriminated. African Americans can get into good schools, vote, have jobs, and hold political positions all because of one mans dream. Racial discrimination is still going on in our world today but not so much as it did when Martin Luther King Jr. took a stand against the injustice people in this world. People now respect blacks for who they are not their skin color.

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