How Can Martin Luther King Jr. Be Described?

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, an advocate of nonviolence and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was known as a powerful speaker and is memorialized around the world for his leadership and teachings.

King was a leader for African-American justice in the late 1950s and '60s. He led nonviolent protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King served as a social leader for the African-American community. He was one of the strongest driving forces towards the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

King was a commanding speaker and writer, famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech, his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" manifesto and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech of 1964.