By Su Phelps and Cheri Fisher, Photos by Su Phelps

The Annual Martin Luther King JR Day Parade was held on January 15th in down town Las Vegas in celebration of this historical man’s birth. The Parade was filled with marching bands, drill teams and all the trimmings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. did many things to bring greater equality to America and to ensure civil rights for all people regardless of race. The major things that Martin Luther King did were to:

• Bring publicity to major civil rights activities and efforts

• Emphasize and encourage the importance of non-violent protest and resistance.

• Provide leadership to the African-American civil rights movement

These things came to shape the civil rights movement, in large part because of King’s contributions and achievements.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a well-known civil rights leader and activist who had a great deal of influence on American society in the 1950s and 1960s. His strong belief in non-violent protest helped set the tone of the movement. Boycotts, protests, and marches were eventually effective, and much legislation was passed against racial discrimination.

Assassinated in 1968, King’s brief life was filled with many great accomplishments, in which he worked to promote the equal treatment of all races; his non-violent approach to protesting, his legions of followers, and his true belief in the ability of mankind to live in peace went a long way toward advancement of civil rights during that tumultuous time in history.