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King Comes Into His Own

During the 1950 and 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. proved that non-violence was an effective way to make change in a racially divided America. His civil rights weapon was peaceful protest, a tactic that worked during the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott against transportation segregation. King’s radicalism continued with non-violent marches and sit-ins even while his home was firebombed and he was jailed.

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