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    1. 1. 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 the content of their character. -Martin Luther King Jr.
    2. 2.  Timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.  Videos about MLK  Why Martin Luther King Jr. was important?  Early Years  Education  Montgomery Boycott  “I Have a Dream” Speech  Assassination
    3. 3. Date Important Event January 15, 1929 MLK was born in Atlanta, GA. February 25, 1948 King become a Baptist Minster . June 21, 1948 King graduated from Morehouse College . June 18, 1953 King married Coretta Scott. October 13, 1954 King became a pastor at a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama. June 5, 1955 King received his PhD from Boston University. December 1, 1955 King became a leader of the Montgomery Boycott, which helped end the separation of blacks and whites on buses. August 28, 1963 King led the March on Washington and gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. December 10, 1964 King received the Noble Peace Prize for his work . March 21, 1965 King led thousands of protesters 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. April 4, 1968 King was assassinated. Time Line of Important Events
    4. 4.  Michael Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th to schoolteacher, Alberta King and Baptist minister, Michael Luther King residing at 501 Auburn Avenue. His father later changed both their names to Martin Luther King.
    5. 5. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is where MLK was born!
    6. 6.  King and his siblings grew up in the church and was well-read in the scripture. Following the family tradition, he decided to become a minister.
    7. 7.  King entered Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. .
    8. 8.  King enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1951.
    9. 9.  King began his ministry in 1954 as the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
    10. 10.  Martin Luther King Jr. enrolled in Boston University to work on his doctorate. He completed his Ph.D. and was award his degree in 1955. King was only 25 years old
    11. 11. King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953.
    12. 12.  December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand for her race by refusing to give her seat to a white passenger.  This was the catalyst for beginning the Civil Rights Movement.  Following this event, King was elected to lead the boycott because he was young, well-trained with solid family connections and had professional standing. But he was also new to the community and had few enemies, so it was felt he would have strong credibility with the black community.
    13. 13.  It was a protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Ala. The protest began, on Dec. 1, 1955, after African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person.  Lasted 381 days  The boycott's official end signaled one of the civil rights movement's first victories and made King one of its central figures.
    14. 14.  "We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.“ -Martin Luther King Jr.
    15. 15.  Martin Luther King, Jr. began to establish himself as the national leader of the civil rights movement, leading boycotts and staging protests against segregation in the South.
    16. 16.  King, inspired by Gandhi's non-militant stance, began to advocate nonviolent protest.  Sit-ins at “all white” lunch counters promoted King’s mission of non-violent protest.  He began to travel and speak, making an average of 208 speeches per year.
    17. 17. 88.57% 10.52% 0.31% 0.55% 0.05% Percentage of Population White Black American Indian Asian and Pacific Islander Other
    18. 18. 0 5,000,000 10,000,000 15,000,000 20,000,000 25,000,000 30,000,000 35,000,000 40,000,000 45,000,000 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 African American Population African American Population Population Data from US Census Bureau
    19. 19.  By 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was gaining national notoriety. He returned to Atlanta to become co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church, but also continued his civil rights effort
    20. 20.  King spoke to 250,000 civil rights supporters during the “March on Washington” August 28, 1963.  Dr. King made his famous “I have a dream” speech.  emphasizing his belief that someday all men could be brothers.
    21. 21.  We can stick together.  Our leaders do not have to sell out.  Threats and violence do not intimidate us.  We believe in ourselves.  Economics is part of our struggle.  We have a powerful weapon: non-violent resistance.  We as Negroes have arrived!
    22. 22.  On December 10, 1965, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Youngest person to win the Noble Peace Prize
    23. 23.  In 1964, partly due to the March on Washington, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, essentially eliminating legalized racial segregation in the United States.  In 1965, Congress went on to pass the Voting Rights Act  It was an equally-important set of laws that eliminated the remaining barriers to voting for African-Americans
    24. 24.  On April 4, 1968, while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray.
    25. 25. Cause Effect  Montgomery Bus Boycott  March on Washington  Martin Luther King Jr. Influence  Rosa Parks  NAACP  Sit-In’s  Segregation Everywhere  Civil Right Act of 1964 Cause and Effect of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960
    26. 26.  American Hero's: Martin Luther King Jr.  “I Have a Dream”  MLK is Awarded the Noble Peace Prize
    27. 27.  100% Educational Videos, (2003). Martin Luther King Jr. Day: America Celebrates. [Full Video]. Available from  2010 Census. (n.d.). US Cenus Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2013, from  Colman Communications, (2004). American Heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. [Full Video]. Available from  Colman Communications~United Learning, (2004). Holiday Facts and Fun: Martin Luther King Day. [Full Video]. Available from  Corbis, (2006). Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last Speech. [Image]. Available from  Corbis, (2006). Martin Luther King Jr. at March on Washington. [Image]. Available from  Corbis, (2006). Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-In Demonstration. [Image]. Available from
    28. 28.  Corbis, (2006). Martin Luther King Jr. at March on Washington. [Image]. Available from  Corbis, (2006). Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-In Demonstration. [Image]. Available from  Gibson, C., & Jung, K. (n.d.). Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990,For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States. Census Bureau Homepage. Retrieved June 22, 2013, from