- King was a leading figure in the civil rights movement before he was assassinated in 1968.
- He believed in non-violent protest and supported actions such as sit-ins and boycotts.
- He had won increasing support for the civil rights movement by appealing to students.
- In April 1960, the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was set up and many of these workers dropped out of their studies to work full time in assisting desegregation.
- In the summer of 1961, the main civil rights groups - SNCC, CORE…