Martin Luther King and Jackie RobinsonBy Dylan Van Duyne Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a very influential and inspirational person that brought many different kinds of people together. He is best known for leading the Civil Rights Movement throughout the nineteen-fifties and sixties. He was the official spokesman and protest’s leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and to 1956. He also held many non-violent protests which led up to the Supreme Court ruling bus segregation unconstitutional. Martin Luther King was then satisfied by the boycott’s success, in 1957 he and other civil rights activists, most of them fellow ministers, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a group dedicated to achieving full equality for African Americans through nonviolent protest. Martin Luther King Jr. then went on to organize the “The March on Washington” and it was held August 28th 1963 where 200,000 – 300,000 people attended it. The March on Washington event culminated at King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech when Dr. King was standing on the steps of Lincoln Memorial which is a monument of a president which a century earlier gave blacks their freedom. His speech included his quotes “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” I believe because of his bold statement he was respected by many people. An example to prove my thinking would be that he was named “Man of the Year” in 1963 by Time Magazine. In the spring of 1965, violence erupted from between white bigots and peaceful protesters in Selma, Alabama.12th sent There was a march held by King that went from Selma to Montgomery and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent federal troops as the author stated. Jackie Robinson was a professional american baseball player born on January 31st 1919 that played second base. He inspired countless people by being the first black person in the MLB. He also handled the threats and abuses that he received in a good manner. An example of this is his quote “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” He was a terrific ball player with an average of 15 home runs + 24 steals per season and a batting average of .311. Additionally, Branch Rickey scheduled a seven-game exhibition series between the Dodgers and the Royals to show Robinson’s skills, and Jackie went off at the contests with a .625 batting average. He was also awarded with the Rookie of the Year award which is awarded to the rookie with the overall best statistics. On April 3rd 1942 Jackie Robinson was enlisted in the United States Army and was later court-martialed for insubordination and didn’t go to Europe with the rest of the 761st “Black Panthers” Tank Battalion. As the text stated “After Robinson’s commander in the 761st, Paul L. Bates, refused to authorize the legal action, Robinson was summarily transferred to the 758th Battalion—where the commander quickly consented to charge Robinson with multiple offenses, including, among other charges, public drunkenness, even though Robinson did not drink.” Furthermore to his baseball career in 1947 Robinson changed the way Americans thought when he broke the unwritten law that said blacks can’t play in the Major Leagues. When Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, “more than sixty years of racial segregation in major-league baseball came to an end” as stated in the text on sabr.org. After his career had ended, Jackie used his fame to become involved with the civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. As shown by the text, I hope you can see how influential both Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King were to the American people.