Martin Luther king Jr.

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On January 15,1929 Michael Luther King Jr., which was later changed to Martin,

was born. His father Michael Luther King was a Baptist minister and his mother

was a school teacher named Alberta King. In 1948 King graduated from

Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. with a Bachelor of Arts. After King's

successful campaign to achieve the desegregation of public facilities in

Birmington, Alabama in 1965, he concentrated most of his time and efforts on the

voter-registration drive in Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in March


King inspired and planned the poor peoples' campaign, a march on

Washington DC, in 1968 to show the relationship of poverty to urban violence.

But he did not live to take part in it. Early in 1968 he traveled to Memphis,

Tennessee to support a strike of Poorly paid sanitation workers. There, on April

4, he was assassinated by a sniper named, James Earl Ray.

King's death

shocked the nation and was the result of a lot of rioting by blacks in many cities.

He was buried in Atlanta under a monument inscribed with the final words of his

famous " I have a Dream address". Which was taken from an old slave

song, the inscription read: "Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty,I'm

Free at Last."

Even our current president Bill Clinton had this quote to say about Martin

Luther King Jr.: "Thirty-four years ago the man whose life we celebrate today

spoke to us down there at the other end of this mall in words that moved the

conscience of a nation. Like a prophet of old he told of his dream that one day

America would rise up and treat all its citizens as equals before the law and in

the heart. Martin Luther King's dream was...