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Martin Luther King Jr.
By Allison Vannoy


Martin Luther King Jr. born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the middle child of the family, born on January 15, 1929. Martin graduated high school at the age of 15. He attended segregated public schools in Georgia. From there he went off to college and attended a few different schools, receiving many awards and degrees. He went off to Boston for college one year and met and married Coretta Scott. They later had two sons and two daughters. In 1954, Martin Luther King Jr. became a pastor. It was sort of like a family thing to do, seeming his father and maternal grandfather were both pastors. In December of 1955, Martin led the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, better known as the bus boycott, it lasted 382 days. During those days King was arrested, beaten, and his house was bombed. Then on December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, whites and blacks rode the buses as equals. In 1957 he became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This organization was involved in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the biggest influences during this time. He had many influences himself; Reinhold Niebuhr's, Ghandi's, Sermon on the Mount, and Hegel's. These people shaped him to how he was. Martin had many goals, one was that he made famous speeches and led blacks to more freedom and rights. He delivered over twenty- five hundred speeches and traveled over six million miles. King also wrote many articles and has five books. He spoke to thousands of people at a time and at his most famous speech “I Have a Dream” in Washington D. C. over 250,000 people attended. He was known all around the world. He didn't care how many times he got arrested or beaten up; he just wanted blacks to be able to feel equal in the world. But sadly on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on his balcony right before another march.

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