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Martin Luther King Jr

  1. 1. Martin Luther King Jr. By: Amanda Rivas
  2. 2. History <ul><li>Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school. Young Martin was an excellent student in school; he skipped grades in both elementary school and high school . He enjoyed reading books, singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 year old. During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil rights and racial equality. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of African-Americans. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in January, the month in which he was born. August 28, the anniversary of Dr. King's 1963 I Have a Dream speech, is called &quot;Dream Day.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Important Facts <ul><li>Birth January 15, 1929 </li></ul><ul><li>Death April 4, 1968 </li></ul><ul><li>Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>Known for Leading the civil rights movement in the United States Advocating nonviolent protest against segregation and racial discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Quote 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.' August, 1963, in a speech to civil rights supporters at the March on Washington. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1964, King became the first black American to be honored as Time magazine's Man of the Year. </li></ul><ul><li>King's efforts were not limited to securing civil rights; he also spoke out against poverty and the Vietnam War. </li></ul>
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  6. 6. Conclusion <ul><li>Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished many things in his lifetime. He especially believed in equality. He fought hard to make peace and change the minds of many racists. Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished many great things during his life. </li></ul>