Martin Luther King Jr.

By, Grace Lena

Growing Up...

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 to Reverend Martin Luther King, and Alberta Williams King. As a child MLK Jr. fought prejudice and strived for a good education. Born to a middle class family, Martin had a better opportunity at education. At five he entered public school and entered MoreHouse college at fifteen to get a degree in sociology. Because of his intelligence he was accepted into many colleges including Yale but choose MoreHouse. He was the second of three children, and was named Michael after his father. Although, both MLK and his father changed their names to Martin.

Life and his Movements

Martin Luther King Jr. was busy with school and started to lose his religious routes, but after he became more involved again, later becoming a minister. MLK became very involved in Civil Rights, leading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and became very involved in speeches and boycotts. His main works were the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the “I have a Dream” speech. King believed in equal rights for all including blacks, jews and any minority groups. Although, towards the end of his life MLK became very worried about the little progress his hard work did. He no longer wanted to boycott, go to jail, or protest for the cause because he

had given up much hope. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at athe Lorriane motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was in Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workes when he was shot in the jaw and the bullet severed his spinal cord. Martin Luther King Jr. was a young thirty-nine when pronounced dead.

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