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From the movie Selma, one hero would Martin Luther King Jr. King’s early years could’ve ended short at the age of twelve when he attempted suicide from jumping out the window in his family home. As a student, his high school viewed him as a “precocious student. He skipped both the ninth and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15.” Though King did have some conflict with his college education, he was care-free during his first two years and with his family being involved with their church. He began to question his faith. He wasn’t close to the bible as much as his folks were and felt anxious about worshipping God. It wasn’t until the third year that he took a Bible class and found his place in religion. He wanted to pursue his carer in the ministry. His education became well awarded as he earned his sociology degree, was a valedictorian of his class, and became student body president. As his education began to progress further, it was where he meets Benjamin E. Mays, Morehouse College’s President, that helped King’s spiritual development. Mays was known for being an advocate and vocal speaker for racial equality. Mays’ influence on King made him “view Christianity as a potential force for social change.” Towards the end of his education, it’s where King meet his wife to be, Coretta Scott, in Boston. Even though he was working on his dissertation, he became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. At the age of 25, he completed his Ph.D. King’s first noble rise of standing up to racism towards the black community was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. When Rosa Parks got arrested, King gathered members from NAACP and local civil rights leaders to form a citywide bus boycott as in retaliation. His speech about the protest, fueled other civil rights leaders and people in the community to be part of the movement. 382 days without taking the bus, just walking. It got to the point were their mission became successful as the African American community took “legal action against the city ordinance arguing that it was unconstitutional based on the Supreme Court’s “separate is never equal” decision in Brown v. Board of Education. After being defeated in several lower court rulings and suffering large financial losses, the city of Montgomery lifted the law mandating segregated public transportation.” King’s base continued to grow after that as he and a large group of ministers found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It was an institution to conduct non-violent peaceful protests to promote civil rights reform. During the “sit in” movement in Greensboro, North Carolina. King persuaded students that were involved with the movement to use non-violent methods during the protest. The movement came to the end as 27 southern cities ended segregation at lunch counters. Following King’s arrest during his demonstration Birmingham, he gained national attention and formed a massive demonstration on the nation’s capital. Over 200,000 people showed up. At the Lincoln Memorial, it is where King gave one of the most famousness speeches in human history, the “I have a dream” speech. His movement continued to expand and expand to the point were people that were not black, began to question Jim Crow Laws. The influence from the public helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King’s influence on the American people was noticed and had him awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. King’s biggest battle was to march across the bridge from Selma to Montgomery. His non-violent protest was met with violence from the police. Though King wasn’t in the first march, and not in the second one because it was canceled, he was part of the third march. With black and white marchers along with him, they crossed the Pettus Bridge and was met again with the police ready for war. Although, violence didn’t ensue. King kneeled in prayer along with the marchers and turned back. The governor of the state, George Wallace, pursed his path of trying to stop further marches. Though President LBJ ordered the National Guard and U.S. Army Troops to protect the protestors. On March 25, over 25,000 people marched to the state’s capital and watched King deliver a speech. Five months later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed. King’s relation to the Voting Rights Act was him being the prominent representer of the movement. He went into the oval office and sat down with President Johnson and told him the demands that the African Community want. Though it was a tough time for Johnson to comply the demands that King laid out. So King had to become a noise-maker by forming those marchers in Selma and getting national attention and have an influence on public opinion where they agree with the demands that Johnson won’t go for. King was a good agitator and Johnson eventually came through as he passed the act. My opinion on King is that he was a great man that accomplished his own unique American dream. He showed how being non-violent and exercising your  rights will always be the greatest way to fight back to reach your goals. His work still and will always have an impact on movements in America and around the world. A figure to look up to and believe in. The impact he has on history is that it took himself, a black man and others of his own kind, to fight against racism towards them and being able to help their own kind by working with people that are the race that discriminate them. King was influenced by Benjamin E. Mays (as stated before), but it was the trip he took to Gandhi’s birthplace in India. It moved him deeply and increased “his commitment to America’s civil rights struggle.” He even hired Bayard Rustin, who had “studied Gandhi’s teachings, became one of King’s associates and counseled him to dedicate himself to the principles of non-violence. Rustin served as King’s mentor and advisor throughout his early activism and was the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.”  Their guidance shaped King to be even more eager to accomplish what the civil rights movement needed. It led him to do speeches, protests, and observations to fight back and fulfill their needs. After the era, King slowly go out of being involved of further civil rights demonstrations. It wore him out.  In 1968, he went on one last ride for the labor strike by Memphis sanitation workers. He gave a speech on April 3rd and on the next day he was assassinated. The bullet may of have stopped King, but it didn’t stop King’s spirit. Never have and never will.