Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is near yet again. A day where people honor the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To many, he was more than just a public figure. For some of you that might be wondering who he is or what he did, here's the rundown. He first gained national attention in 1955. He was part of a famous bus boycott movement by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama. At the time, he was a baptist minister who promoted the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation. In 1957, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He's viewed as the most influential African American civil rights leader in the 1960s. Through his leadership, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 came into existence. The act itself barred discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment. His leadership also had a role in lifting the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For all that he's accomplished, he received the award for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Sadly, his claim to a prosperous life ended shortly soon after. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. News of his unfortunate death sent waves of emotions around the world. There was an outpouring of anger among African Americans. Along with a period of national mourning, it hastened the passing of an equal housing bill. It was the last significant legislative achievement during the civil rights era. As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, let us once again honor his memory. These are the best documentaries to watch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day!
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