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January 24, 2015

Press coverage was important tool during Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and other civil rights leaders.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and other civil rights leaders.Image courtesy of History.com.

As yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation was called to commit acts of service and selflessness. The day was inspired by the civil rights leader who non-violent approach changed the hearts of many, including legislators whose policies restricted access to fundamental rights to the nation's black citizens. One very important tool that King and other leaders of the civil rights movement used to advance their cause was press coverage.

Martin Luther King's tremendous knowledge of press and media relations allowed the entire world to view the injustices in America and led the way to change the racial hostilities present in America.