Back in the 50s and 60s there was fight/movement for african americans. This movement was caused because the government refused to give african americans equal rights. Therefore this resulted in violence, riots, and protests. This fight/movement for equal rights was called the civil rights movement it was led by the famous minister Martin Luther King. It started in 1954 and ended in 1968. The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice for african americans in the united states. MLK made it so people could protest without violence, this set the tone of the movement. He led boycotts, protests, and marches that were very effective and much legislation was passed against racial discrimination. People from all over the country of all races and religions joined MLK and other activists to proclaim their support and commitment to freedom & equality. MLK made a speech that changed the world and everyone's view on the civil rights movement. This speech was called the “I Have A Dream Speech”. This brought Martin Luther King and his message of non violence to a nationwide and worldwide audience. His speech was carried on the radio and was reprinted in newspapers and magazines all over the united states. MLK’s speech made congress move faster in passing the civil rights act, this set of laws was finally passed in 1964. These laws gave african americans more equal treatment then they ever had before. After his speech Martin Luther King continued to speak for civil rights and nonviolence but he was assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray.