Martin Luther King, Bill Gates, and my mom

Essay by BanettiCollege, UndergraduateA, December 2002

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In our world today I have a lot of great heroes. Many people have done so much for our world today. The people who have really made a great impression on me are Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Gates and my mom. Out of the two famous people they have done so much to change our society today. If it weren't for them the world would be a totally different place. Who knows what life would be like if they didn't achieve such great changes in society?

Martin Luther King is the one hero that really blows my mind for his achievements. King was one of the best know civil rights leaders of nonviolent social change. He has done many things that have changed the lives of black people. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia 1929. In Dec. of 1955, King began working with and soon became president for the Montgomery Improvement Association.

This gave him national attention he needed for change. He led boycotts against bus companies. He was successful in Dec. of 1956 when the Supreme Court declared Alabama's Segregation laws unconstitutional. In pursuit of the goal of black voting rights, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. Before settling in Atlanta, he traveled making speeches about black rights. The next major campaign was to be held in Birmingham, Alabama. When the unarmed black demonstrations clashed with the police, they where attacked by dogs and fire hoses. This gained national attention and caused mass demonstrations in the communities across the nation. The blacks came together in a march on Aug. 28 1963, attracting more than 250,000 to Washington DC. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This speech did so much to...