Martin Luther King, Jr.

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HISTORIC FIGURE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Historic Figure: Martin Luther King, Jr. i. Life and education. ii. Motivation. iii. Attributes and qualities. iv. Movements, protests and activities. v. Achievements and awards. vi. His legacy. Historic Figure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a legend whose life, ideas and actions had great influence in the civil rights movement and liberation of the oppressed in the US and the world. King was born on Saturday, January 15th 1929 in Georgia, Atlanta as reported in Nobelprize.org (Nobelprize.org 1). He was the second born and first son to Martin Luther King, Sr, a minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and Alberta Williams King, a school-teacher. He attended elementary school in Atlanta then joined Booker T. Washington High School. He proceeded to Atlanta University and to Morehouse College until 1953, completing with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in 1955 from Boston University. King was born in a country with racial segregation and an unequal system that advocated division in education and other social amenities with clear limitations to the black community. Paradoxically, the nation called itself a land of hope, equality and opportunity with promised freedom and equal fortification of humanity while enriching itself upon slavery (Leslie 2). As a Baptist minister, he experienced these social evils and was determined to bring change and equality. When in Morehouse College, King began a serious search for a rational method to do away with social evils. Of several works of great philosophers, Mahatma Gandhi’s “soul force, and the power of love and truth as a vehicle for social change” deeply ... ... middle of paper ... ... legend, who led a life full of courage and dedicated his life for the rights of the meek, while giving hope to the less fortunate and an aim of assisting people attain their full potential. Works Cited [1]. Nobelprize.org. Martin Luther King- Biography. 5 May 2007. 6 February 2012 . [2]. Leslie, Tonya. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Life of Fairness. Scholastic Library Publishers, 2007.Print. [3]. The King Center. The King Center. 01 January 2012. 6 February 2012 . [4]. Kelly, Martin. "About.com." 01 January 2011. About.com. 02 February 2012 . [5]. BBC. History: Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968). 07 February 2012 .

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