Martin Luther King Jr

Democratic Rights Project

Martin Luther King Jr is important because

He worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) to help make people aware of second class treatment of African Americans.

He was very involved in the cases against Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin who both refused to give up their seats on the bus to white men.

His very famous speak 'I have a dream' in 1963 inspired more than 200,000 demonstrators and people, not affected by racism, to question the second class treatment of African American Citizens. King also received the Nobel Peace Prize for his non violent approach to his cause.

Background information

Michael King Jr was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

He changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr as his father had also done this. He has an older sister and younger brother.

He was a smart man who skipped grade 9 and 11 and started college at age 15. He earned a degree in Sociology and earned a fellowship for graduate study. He was the valedictorian of his class in 1951 and elected Student Body President. He got accepted to a few colleges but enrolled at Boston University.

He got married to Coretta Scott in 1953 at the age of 23 and they have four children.

He completed his PH.D and was awarded his degree in 1955.

How have Democratic Rights been enhanced?

Martin Luther King Jr got people thinking about the rights of African Americans and how they were treated as second class citizen. He was a big influence in bringing a positive change for equal rights, voting rights and to end segregation for African Americans in the South.
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