His mission in life was to lead the United States into a new era; granting civil rights to African Americans, eliminating poverty and rising above the need for war. King's father and grandfather played influential roles in his life, unknowingly laying a foundation for him to become a man of integrity, wisdom, vision and leadership. .
As prominent Baptist minister in Montgomery, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. became a well-known and effective social activist, beginning the process of leading a revolutionary civil rights movement that extended across America.(T,Booker). .
King was truly gifted. His impressive ability to excite and motivate others to join his cause played an important role in the success of the the civil rights movement - culminating in the end of legal segregation in the South as well as many other areas of the United States (T,Booker). King is one of the most effective activists of the 20th century and for all his accomplishments, he never used violence as a means to an end. .
Martin Luther King Jr. had many hurtles to climb as he trail-blazed a path of encouraging others to think their opinions regarding equal rights. For his efforts, he was persecuted; jailed over twenty times, stabbed in the chest, and living through a bomb being detonated in his house (T, Booker). Despite these obstacles, King was successful at leading his fellow African Americans in a non-violent fight in defense of their rights and equality. .
King challenged the rules of segregation and racial discrimination, and through his wisdom, passion and his oratory giftedness, he convinced millions of white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States (T, Booker). King traveled the country making speeches and inspiring people to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement. .
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act made racial discrimination in public places, such as theaters, restaurants, and hotels, illegal (M, Cooper).