Period 1 The Man With A Dream Martin Luther King, Jr..
Family Background <ul><li>Martin’s grandfather served as a pastor from 1914 </li></ul><ul><li>to 1931at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. His </li></ul><ul><li>father also served as a co-pastor from 1960 until he </li></ul><ul><li>died. King himself graduated from a segregated </li></ul><ul><li>public school in Georgia at the age of fifteen. He </li></ul><ul><li>married a young woman of unique intellectuality </li></ul><ul><li>named Coretta Scott. The had two sons and two </li></ul><ul><li>sons and two daughters. </li></ul>
How They Became Famous <ul><li>Between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over 2500 times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. He was also writing five books as well as numerous articles. During these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham and Alabama. This caught the attention of the whole world. King directed a peaceful march on Washington, D.C. with 250,000. </li></ul><ul><li>It was there where he addressed his famous speech “I Have a Dream”. </li></ul>
Accomplishments He earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College, which was a Negro institution of Atlanta in 1948. He was awarded the B.D. after he had won election of becoming the president of a white senior class.
Personality <ul><li>Martin Luther King Jr.. wrote these words: </li></ul><ul><li>"I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream... 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." This excerpt of his speech shows us the determined and strong willed character that he is. </li></ul>
Other Interesting Facts <ul><li>1963 On Good Friday, April 12, King is arrested with Ralph Abernathy by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor for demonstrating without a permit. Martin Luther King Jr.. won five honorary degrees, named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963. Therefore, he not only became an inspirational leader for the African Americans but also a world figure. 1958 King's first book, Stride Toward Freedom , is published </li></ul>
What I Learned <ul><li>While researching about King, I learned that even though the constitution states that “All men are created equal”, they are not in reality. If all men were created equal, then why did blacks not have the same rights as whites? Presently, African Americans have similar freedoms. But, racism still remains in this world. Until it is wiped out, all men will not be one and the same. </li></ul>