How did Martin Luther King Jr. have an effect on the media and equality between races?

Martin Luther King Jr

How did Martin Luther King Jr. have an effect on the media and equality between races?


Martin Luther King Jr. was part of a massive cultural movement to get equal rights for black people with white people. He is known for the four very influential words ‘I have a dream’ these words were heard by thousands of people and has been a part of social history and media. The words he spoke reached out to a lot of the different generations and races and touched the lives of many. His supporters grew through the use of media and the words were recited and documented. His speech is probably the most memorable moment to the majority of people in the subject of equality between black and white people.


Martin Luther King Jr. was an interesting and unique motivational speaker. People listened to him because they felt like they would gain something and they felt like they could learn from him. People would constantly talk about him because he wasn’t just regurgitating the same words. He was showing simple points in what he said however his speech spread throughout the media and black people gained secondary respect because of the good light Martin Luther King Jr. was being put across, within the media.


The black rights activist best known for his advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience who inspired many and there are many films and documentaries you can watch to see the progression of Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King Story (1978): it was originally a three-part miniseries and it was first aired on February 12-14, 1978. 10 years after he was assassinated. Paul Winfield starred as Martin Luther King, while Cicely Tyson portrayed Coretta Scott King. The film covers the years 1954 through 1968, Martin Luther King from his first peaceful nonviolent protests against segregation in Montgomery all the way through to his assassination in Memphis. The development of this miniseries shows inspiration and also it represents the respect within the media.


Important things are documented throughout the media and this allows us to be able to relive the words spoken and the actions made and we can still learn from them today. Through the use of media we can learn about one of the biggest moments in civilized history, if it wasn’t for Martin Luther King Jr people may have never listened or even bothered to start paying attention to the problems and issues he was bringing to the surface about inequality. People learnt of him through the media or word of mouth and many wanted to write about him. They constantly wanted to seek him out and hear the wise words he spoke for themselves and therefore did so by talking to him and with him they could get his points and the things he wanted people to hear and understand and then they could then share his words with others through the usage of the media in many ways such as print, radio and TV and Film.


2 thoughts on “How did Martin Luther King Jr. have an effect on the media and equality between races?

  1. Big topic choice, Adam, and whilst you get the gist and are able to put across a flavour of who MLK was, I’m not really getting the feeling that you have grasped him fully. What was the movement he was part of? How long did it go on for? What happened in the end?

    I’d also like you to consider the issue–black segregation in America. What media texts highlight this topic, or how has that issues developed over the years? Here’s my example for you: the blaxploitation movement of the 1970s was all about using black actors in roles and introducing black culture into cinema, but it was almost going overboard the other way; rather than celebrating cultural differences, blaxploitation arguably just highlighted the differences. Think ‘Shaft’ and ‘Live and Let Die’.

    Write a bit more below please with some more examples.

    • Adam Langham says:

      Martin Luther King was part of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. This movement ended in 1968, 4 years after Martin Luther King had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Many believe the movement is still going on today except now it is referred to as the Modern civil rights movement.
      Racial segregation in America included the use of facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation along racial lines. Meaning this was all practically inaccessible to people who were different, in terms of their race. The issues have developed following the idea of equality and fairness. However the black activist groups carried out protests both violent and non-violent. In 1913, it was ordered that white and black people would sometimes be required to eat separately, park benches, use separate public toilets, train, buses, go to separate schools and water fountains, etc. This type of thing was challenged however it never seemed to impact the movement. There were many riots many deaths and a lot of destruction, however people of both colours started to listen when Martin Luther King spoke. He reiterated his point however he never became repetitive or boring, in fact he inspired people to listen and stand up for what they believed in. Although it wasn’t easy for blacks as soon as Martin Luther king started publicly speaking they did become more liked and possibly respected because of the good light MLK was being put under.

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