Martin Luther King Jr. was a very brave and courageous man. He was a godly man who stood against the persecution of the African American people in America. I personally have a lot of respect for him and how courageous he was when many people disagreed with the truth he spoke. He showed the people America were wrong with what they believed to be right.King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King, and had a older sister and a younger brother. His upbringing was your average upbringing, but was quickly schooled in the harsh racial segregation in our country. But he was also schooled in spiritual teachings from his father who was a reverend.(drmatinlutherking.net)King’s first segregation experience was when king and his mother went to a shoe store and was quickly forced out of the store and told that whites were the only people allowed to shop in the store. This happened because of the law put in place called the Jim Crow law which was said to make life equal for all people of any race, but it was simply day to day racism.Later in King’s life he felt called to ministry, and became a reverend at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. King said his call to ministry was ” Neither dramatic nor spectacular.” He said he had a desire to serve God and humanity, and that his talent and his commitment could best be used through ministry. He became a minister at the age of nineteen under his father who was the head pastor of his church at the time.(EbenezerBaptistChurch.htm)King later felt lead to fight for civil rights and unalienable rights promised by our founding fathers. He said nonviolence and civil disobedience were the only way to fight for freedom. King started his quest for freedom by boycotting segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. King and others began this boycott after a African American woman, named Rosa Parks, refused to move out of her seat for a white passenger, and this placed a severe strain on the public transit system. (History.com)Whites in the country were angry with this movement in the country at the time,but I feel the boycott was to passive for the things people did to the blacks in that time. Why I think this is to passive is due to the examples of racism I will list in this paragraph. In 1957 nine black teenagers were turned away from Central High School in Little Rock, and were forced of the campus by armed guards. In 1963 innocent black christians were at church and keeping to their own when some racists bombed the church. And later the police used fire hoses and police dogs to detore the blacks from protesting. Later King presented his most famous speech the ” I have a dream speech. This speech cemented kings reputation around the world. He was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize, and was the youngest person to receive this prize. (history.com) This speech and movement was broadcasted on television and outraged many white americans but it also empowered many blacks in the country as well. Because of this President Lyndon B. Johnson sent federal troops to keep the blacks safe and the peace. The president also supported the Selma to Montgomery march. That August the Right to vote act was passed so the blacks were able to vote.(history.com) On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King was only shot once the bullet struck his face and went into his neck, his killer was James Earl Ray an escaped convict who was able to purchase a .30-06 rifle. King came to Memphis to lead a peaceful march for striking sanitation workers. (maryferrell.org) In my opinion if King was around today he would not agree with the way African Americans are protesting in our country today. I believe if he could talk to the black lives matter movement in our country, he would say something like this ” This is not what I intended for our marches to become, I intended for us to peacefully march and try to open the eyes of the people who persecute us to show them the truth not to destroy their towns and fight the police.” In conclusion Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest men in U.S. history. He changed our country for the better and also spoke not just moral truth but God’s truth and that all men are made equal. I have a lot of respect for King for his boldness and bravery to stand up for what is right. He did many great things in his life.He made it to where African Americans could go out and live day to day life without having to worry about being beat, moked, are killed while they are just trying to live their lives and keep to themselves. I believe he is someone us as christians can look up to and follow his example of equality,but always look to Christ before a mortal man. Even though I do not agree with obama’s views on how our country should be, King made it possible for a African American to become the President, and it has happened. It is a shame that King had to die the way he did, he deserved to see the how much better the U.S. became with the work he did. He deserved to live a long life and keep preaching the truth and maybe even help us solve some of the problems our country has gone through after his death. But God decided that Kings work was done and he went to his home in heaven. Lastly if I was able to talk to anyone in our history I would love to have been able to have a conversation with him and ask him how he pushed through all the persecution in our country.