Martin Luther King Jr.

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Earl Salindo #25 February 5, 2002 The book I read was called Martin Luther King, Jr. The author is Jean Darby. I picked this book because I like reading about someone who was fighting for what they believed in.

The main character is Martin Luther King, Jr. The minor characters are Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, and James Meredith.

The problem is Martin is fighting for his people's rights and it might get him trouble.

The story begins when martin born. The doctors thought he wouldn't live. Then after a few slaps on his behind he finally cried. His father was the preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church at Atlanta Georgia. Then when he grew up there was a law called "Jim Crow". It was a law of segregation. It only lasted for eleven years. It separated the blacks from the whites. Next there was a lady named Rosa Parks.

Then one day she was so tired to get to the back of the bus (usually where all the blacks seat). The driver told her to go to the back of the bus to make more room for the white people. She said no so she had to go to jail. That's what started the boycott. Later Martin got arrested. He thought the policemen weren't policemen. He thought they were members of the Ku Klux Klan. And they would take him and kill him. They were really policemen. They took him to jail. Later on Martin got the Spingarn Medal. At a meeting with Vice-President Richard M. Nixon on June 13, 1957, Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy helped arrange a White House conference for the following year. During one of his book signings a black lady went up to Martin and stabbed him with a sharp letter opener.