Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By: Sophia #4
Early Years • On January 15, 1929 Michael Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. • His mom was Alberta King. • His dad was Michael Luther King Sr. • Michael was the second oldest child. • Michael’s dad was a pastor. • He was hit with a baseball bat but he got right back up again. • In 1934 Michael and his Dad changed their names to be Martin Luther King Jr. and Martin Luther King Sr.
Middle Years • In 1944 Martin went to Morehouse College when he was only 15 years old. • In 1947 He became his father’s assistant. • 1948 - Martin graduated from Morehouse. • 1948 - He begins school at Crozer. • 1951 - Graduates from Crozer. • 1953 - Martin Luther King Jr. marries Coretta Scott. • In 1954 Martin becomes pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Later Years • In the 1950-1960’s Fight for Freedom/Civil Rights Movement. • 1955 - Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. Martin fought with words. • December 1st 1955 Rosa Parks did not give up her seat to a white person. • 1956 King and Lawyers go to court to defend car pool, it was against the constitution, this was issued by the Supreme Court. • 1956 Bus boycott ended. • 1957 Awarded Spingarn Medal. • 1960 Moves to Atlanta, Georgia with his family. • King had delivered his "I have a dream" refrains in his speech before 25,000 people in Detroit Cobo Hall immediately after the 125,000- strong Great Walk to Freedom in Detroit June 23,1963 • August 28, 1963 gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. • 1964 Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. • 1965 African-Americans could vote. • April 4, 1969 He was standing on his balcony when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Important Facts • Martin was important because he helped change the ways people treat African-Americans today. • Although one time someone bombed Martin’s House he showed kindness and forgave the person. • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. loved listening to his father speak. • His brother’s name was Alfred Daniel. • His sister’s name was Christina. • Martin Luther King Jr’s nickname was M.L. • Boy was a name that people called Adult African- Americans to insult them. • Martin grew up to hate segregation. • Martin skipped grades 9 and 12. • October 16, 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was opened in Washington D.C. • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is 30ft tall.
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