20, July 2007
Word Count - 3,711
Activist Movements in History
Throughout history, there are certain events that have occurred that we, as Americans,
and even foreigners, still talk about today.
These events will forever be imprinted in the history
books for hundreds of years to come.
Such events deserve to be remembered and passed along
from generation to generation.
Events such as the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther
King Jr. and Malcolm X, The National Farm Workers Association Movement led by Cesar
Chavez, and The American Indian Activists Movements.
All three of these events and the
people who helped lead them have shaped our country in what it is today.
Without these very
important historical dates, there might as well be another world war going on.
Despite all three
of these movements occurring, each on a different date, different locations and having different
leaders, they all have many similarities that intertwine them and make them seemed as if they
happened as a whole.
Martin Luther King Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia into a very
well known, middle class family.
King was raised by his mother, Alberta Williams King and his
father, Martin Luther King Sr.
He attended church on a regular basis and had a good, strong,
African American background.
King was very well educated and continued his higher education
at Morehouse College, a black institute in Atlanta.
Other institutions he attended were, Crozer
Seminary and then Boston University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy.
As a student King studied, besides the Bible, theories for social change advanced by such