Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement. He is one of the greatest activists of all time for his drive and his fight for equal rights for African Americans. He gave African Americans a voice and what made him so special was is approach towards his goals. Due to his Christian beliefs he proceeded towards the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience and actions. He used his words as his weapon and became an inspiration to many to contribute and join the fight for equal rights.
His nonviolent methods should serve as a lesson to African Americans and people around the world. African American men for years have had multiple stereotypes placed on them. The most common stereotype is that black men were seen as dirty, aggressive and violent. King fought this stereotype in the best ways possible. He was a well suited man who carried himself like a true gentlemen and never resorted towards violent actions to achieve his dreams and goals. Even today African American men make up a large portion of the men who are currently behind bars due to violent acts or crimes committed. The messages and the foundation that King set for the future generation has nearly been forgotten as crime rates and the self degrading actions of African American men continue to increase. King has proved that improvement and change can come from nonviolent acts and movements. He worked to prove society wrong as African American men should still try to accomplish because these stereotypes that are placed on them need to change.