Martin Luther King Jr.

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The world as we know it today would not have been molded the way it is without heroes throughout time. Many strong men and women have shaped this world piece by piece to make it into the wonderful place that we live now. One superior man, named Martin Luther King Jr., desired a way to make a social change for African Americans everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta into a family of strong religious beliefs. He was the grandson of Reverend A.D Williams, and a pastor for the Ebenezer Baptist Church. King attended college at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and Boston University where he studied theological scholarship and Gandhi's theory of social change (Nobel Prize).

In December of 1955, after Rosa Parks, a woman civil rights activist would not give up her seat to a white man on a local bus, African Americans boycotted the local bus system.

They elected King the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which was formed after the incident. As the boycott went on for nearly a year, King was recognized thoroughly for his place in the group. Due to Kings strong beliefs and actions in the association, the Supreme Court declared Alabama's segregation laws unconstitutional and local buses were finally desegregated (Montgomery Bus Boycott).

In 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, King and the SCLC, a student activist committee, demonstrated white police officials who were widely known for their opposition to integration. Fights between African American demonstrators and white police officials broke out and created news around the world. Soon the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed through Congress. On August 28, 1963, another protest broke out and many people gathered in the city of Washington D.C., where King made his world-famous speech "I Have a Dream" (...