Martin Luther King Jr

By John Mirsberger

Martin Luther

Martin Luther King Jr was someone who changed the world. He fought for the rights and freedoms of African Americans. He had a very loving family, and grew up to be a leader of the civil rights movement. The movement included the bus boycott, and the march for freedom, both in which African Americans gained rights in pursuit of a better world.
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Martin Luther King Jr's Early Life

Martin Luther was born as a second child to Martin Luther King Sr, and Alberta Williams King. He had an older sister and a younger brother. King was a very good student, and attended segregated schools. He got into Morehouse college at age 15, and studied medicine and law. Under mentorship from others, King went into the ministry. Years later, King enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Boston, where he met his wife, Coretta Scott.

Martin Luther King Jr's Roll in Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 1, 1955 , Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus. She was then arrested. Martin Luther and other activists boycotted the bus for 381 days. During this time, Martin Luther King Jr became know as the protests leader.Behind Martin Luther’s leadership, the bus boycott resulted in the supreme court ruling that segregated seating on the bus was unconstitutional. African Americans had started their fight for freedom, and King entered the national spotlight as nonviolent protest leader for African Americans.

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The March On Freedom

On August 28, 1963, over 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington D.C for a rally for jobs and freedom. The march was created by civil rights and religious groups. The march was a complete success, and was filled with speeches, songs, and prayers. However, the most important and monumental part of the March was Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech. The speech included what it was like to be an African American, and how Martin Luther had a dream that it would change, that "People will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King | "I Have A Dream" Speech

Martin Luther King Jr's Later Years

On the evening of April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of a motel. President Johnson declared a national day of mourning for Martin Luther King Jr. here is now a holiday to remember King. The day we remember him is the third Monday of January.

Lasting Effect

Martin Luther King Jr gained rights for African Americans in his time. He transformed the world in the fact that he fought for and gained racial equality. Today we now live in a world where "we don't judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" all thanks to Martin Luther King.