Martin Luther King Jr is remembered on MLK day

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The world celebrates Nobel Peace Prize winner and revolutionary Martin Luther King Jr; an inspirational civil rights activist who impacted race-relations in the United States in the 1950s and led the infamous Montgomery Bus strikes attracting millions of followers worldwide.

 

Through his activism, King played a crucial role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, and ultimately created the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

King was assassinated in the Summer of 1968 and is still remembered as one of the most important leaders of history, and is often referenced by his 1963 speech ‘I Have A Dream’.

 

At the University of Brighton, the  President of the African-Carribean society Tiffany Plummer has stated that: “Martin Luther King paved the way for black equality and civil rights across the world today. He has touched so many hearts and so much people and today is a day were we keep his dream alive.”

 

Rosa Parks, another activist during the movement, was the first African-American to refuse giving up her seat to a white person on a Bus. On the night of Rosa Parks’ arrest, Martin Luther King and Parks planned a citywide bus-boycott, thus starting the famous Montgomery Bus strikes which changed the course of history.

 

Today, thousands took to Twitter to pay homage to the leader by posting Tweets under the Hashtag #MLKDay2016

 

As a visionary leader committed to achieving social justice, Martin Luther King Day remains one the most important days in history. 

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