Martin Luther King Jr

Jared Pendleton

5 Facts

- Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

- King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which is what (SCLC) stands for, in 1957, serving as its first president.

- Helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response.

- King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

- He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee after planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C, to be called the "Poor Peoples Campaign."

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Martin Luther King Jr lived from 1929 until 1968. He was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King fault and worked really hard for equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.


Martin Luther King Jr, is related and connected to Rosa Parks and the (SCLC). Rosa Parks fault for Civil Rights and so did Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was also one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and served as the very first President of the Group. This group went on protest peacefully in many places and made huge impacts on the Country. The SCLC helped with Montgomery Bus Boycott which involved Rosa Parks who was the defendant who refused to give up her seat to a white folk on the Montgomery Bus. All of this was very important roles to the Civil Rights Movement.

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