One of the most symbolic leaders of American blacks, an advocate of
nonviolence and a world figure Martin Luther King was born on 15th
January, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. King's involvement with the civil rights movement began with the
arrest of Mrs. Rosa Parks on December 1st , 1955. Mrs. Parks, a
African-American seamstress on her way home from work, was arrested
for not giving a white bus rider her seat. Mrs. Parks was not the
first African-American to be arrested for this "crime", but she was
well known in the Montgomery African-American community. Dr. King and the other African-American community leaders felt a
protest was needed. The African-American residents of the city were
asked to boycott the bus company by walking and driving instead. The
United States Supreme Court would end the boycott, which lasted 381
days, by declaring that Alabama's state and local laws supporting
segregation on buses were illegal. The boycott was a success and Dr.
King had showed that peaceful mass action could bring about change
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