Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, devotion to justice, peace, and righteousness made him a civil right leader to remember. As stated on his gravestone, “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” Dr. King grew up in a racially segregated society. Both his grandfather and father were Baptist pastors at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jr. followed the path of his elders, and at the age of 15 he began college on his ministry pursuit. Also, he went on to receive a sociology degree from Morehouse College. Dr. King completed his doctorate degree, and became pastor at a small Baptist church in Montgomery Alabama. It was in Montgomery when Martin Luther King Jr. first was recognized as a leader. After Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a black man, she was taken to jail. The unjust treatment of Claudette Colvin, gave Dr. King inspiration to lead a Montgomery bus boycott for justice. The protest of the city bus lead to negotiation about civil rights. As Dr. King said non violent action leads to forced negotiation. Recently, the LGBTQ+ community used Dr. King’s nonviolent techniques to fight for just rights. By boycotting services and demanding justice, gay rights has become legalized. The Nobel Peace Prize was given to Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights and social justice. In his acceptance speech Dr. King wanted the “bright daybreak of peace” to become a reality. Dr. King was a leader for peace during the civil rights movement. He had a dream that one day we would only be judged by the “content of their character.” Though we have made progress on Dr. Kings mission to end racial judgement, we still have Black Rights Matter marches. Dr. Kings perseverance to gain righteousness among all people, has affected society today. Martin Luther King Jr. believed all should follow the morals of God, therefore all are seen equal. He once said, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Today, we learn about the righteousness Martin Luther King Jr. brought to the civil rights movement in school every year. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was like a drum major, in which he led the civil rights movement. He wanted every American man and woman to be treated with justice, peace, and righteousness. Years later we remember Dr. King for his impact on racial equality, and continue to use his non-violent strategies.