Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man who worked for equal rights and fairness for everyone. He was born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. In those days, people were treated differently depending on the color of their skin. Martin knew this was wrong and worked hard to make a difference.
Martin experienced racism early in his life. He decided to do something to make the world a better and more fair place. During the 1950's, Martin became active in the civil rights movement. He participated in boycotts and peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of African-Americans. He believed in peace, not fighting.
He worked hard to help others and make his voice heard. On August 28, 1963, Martin delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of approximately 250,000 people. His speech delivered the message of hope for freedom and equality.
Sadly, on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
Every year on the third Monday in January, we remember Dr. King and everything he did for equal rights. He made a difference and preached peace and our country is a better place.