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Martin Luther King

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The month of May is set aside each year to celebrate African American History. When you think of Black History month, the first thing that we all think about is the historical speech, “I have a dream”. However, he did so much more than just present the speech that we all are familiar with had moral values that he stood for and was the leader of many civil right movements. This man is known as Martin Luther King. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin Jr.’s parents were Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King Jr.’s father and his grandfather were both ministers and Martin’s mother was a school teacher. He had a sister by the name of Christine and a brother by the name of Alfred. His mother taught him how to read before he ever went to school. Throughout his childhood, he was always a top notch student. He skipped grades in elementary, middle school and high school. He graduated High School at age 15 and was accepted into Morehouse College in Georgia, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta. During his down time he preferred reading books, singing, riding his bicycle, playing football and baseball. He graduated College and received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College. Following graduation he became a minister and resided in Alabama. Martin Luther King studied theological at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania He was appointed president of a predominantly white senior class; and was awarded his B.D. in 1951. Following his education at Cozer Theological Seminary, he decided to enroll in graduate studies at Boston University. He was elected President of the Senior Class and delivered the valedictory address and won the Peral Plafkner Award as the most ou... ... middle of paper ... ... was designated to honor this exceptional man and his efforts in the civil right movements. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Although extremely involved with his family, his church, he also served his community and his country very well by standing up for his beliefs and his rights. Throughout his life he proved to so many people just what he stood for and changed numerous lives because of it. Works Cited 1. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr 3. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/MLK/ 4. http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/Martin_Luther_King_Assassination 5. http://www.thekingcenter.org/drmlkingjr/
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