Martin Luther King was the leader of the campaign for black civil rights in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. This book tells the story of the peaceful demonstrations he held in the southern states demanding equal rights for blacks. He faced enormous opposition but his non-violent struggle for freedom won changes for the blacks of America. "Longman Famous Lives" is a series about men and women who have made a major contribution to the lives of those around them and to the world in general. Each book is written at a level corresponding to Longman Structural Readers Stage 3 and the text is supported throughout by both colour and black and white potographs. It is designed for students at elementary levels and is suitable both for those at secondary school and for adults.