Civil Rights Leaders

By: Chase Cole

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta Georgia. He was a Baptist minister and brought a religious perspective to the African American Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King, inspired by Gandhi, lead a non-violent protest to end segregation. King gained a national following when lead the March on Washington and delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. He died on April 4, 1968 after being shot by James Earl Rae.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mini Bio

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on February 1818. After learning teaching himself to read and write, he learned about abolitionists, and years later he made a daring escape to the north. After escaping to the north, he wrote "The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass", which talks about his life as a slave and the brutality he faced getting to freedom. His book became a bestseller and was influential in supporting the abolition, which ho would go on to join. His writings opened the eyes of many northerners and lead to the freedom of the slaves.
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Frederick Douglass - Mini Bio