How was Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. a Risk-taker. He was a Risk-taker because he stood up for the African American. He did not care if he went to jail he just wanted to make a difference, He wanted to stop slavery because he thought it was wrong. But the white people wanted to have slavery so they didn't have to work in the yard. Then Dr. Martin gave I have a dream speech. The he died someone shot him, the man was named James Earl ray in April,4,1968. That is when the African American were fighting back to have there rights until the white people were using a water hose to hurt the African Americans. Years later a lot of Slavery was gone.