Key Historic People

The 1960’s decade brought about troubling times and there were many famous historic people that tried to make their mark on changing the world. One of these people was Martin Luther King JR. He had a vision of making the world an equal place for blacks and whites to live. He would travel all over the United States leading marches for blacks as well as giving speeches in hopes that black people would soon receive more rights. One of his speeches is still remembered today and is known as one of the most popular speeches during the civil rights movement. This speech was his I Have a Dream Speech. Martin Luther King JR tried to pave the way so that all black people could have the same rights as what white people did and so that all people could live in harmony. Unfortunately, King did not get to see his vision come to fruition because on April 4, 1968 James Earl Ray assassinated him. Another large leader in the civil rights movement and the NAACP Medgar Evers was assassinated as well in 1963.

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and a leader in the black community. People accused Malcolm of preaching hate and violence. In 1965, he was assassinated. There have been many books and some movies that have been published on his highly controversial and crime riddled past.

John F. Kennedy was one of the most influential people of the era. His death is one that all people who lived in the 1960’s remember. Everyone seems to remember where he or she was on the day that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the President of the United States. John F. Kennedy was a young president and planned to make many changes while he was in office. He was not given a chance to make true on his promises because he was shot in the back of the head on November 22, 1963, during a parade he was in with his wife Jackie.

There were many other influential people throughout this decade but these three people are the most well known and ones that are studies most throughout history.