Martin Luther King J.R.

Civil Rights Activist

early life

King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King was an African American in the middle class. Even though Kings family wasn't poor he still went to a segregated school. Before school age King played with the white kids, but they were later separated by their parents. Later in life he went to B.T. high school, where he skipped a few grades. After graduating he went to Morehouse college [a prestigious college]. King was elected president of the university.

getting involved

King began his civil rights movement by boycotting busses after Rosa Parks was arrested. After his first day of boycotting King formed the MIA [ Montgomery improvement association] to help give the blacks equality. Later King formed the SCLC [ the southern christian leadership conference]. King toured the country giving speeches about freedom and segregation, but in a non violent manner.

choices and results

· 1955 Earned Ph.D.; leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association


· 1957 King and other leaders organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)


· 1963 Delivered famous "I Have A Dream" speech


·1963 marched on Washington with 250,000 people to urge them to support desegregation and protect there voting rights


· 1964 Awarded Nobel Peace Prize


· 1968 Assassinated in Memphis

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in his words

"Martin Luther King, Jr. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Civil Rights Leader): Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later..."
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aftermath

because king pursued justice in a non violent way, he was rewarded with a nobel peace prize. Afterwards King kept going on with his civil rights campaign. King believed in equal diversity which drove him to give his speeches and change what people thought

words for him

"People still care about Dr. King and his dream. They haven't forgotten. They care enough to put this monument in the most prominent place on the National Mall. Years ago, I would precede King just before he spoke. I used to sing Precious Lord; he always loved that."


Rev. C.L. Franklin


legacy

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Martin Luther King j.r. kept on influencing people throughout his whole life. During the late 1960s he inspired women to form a non-violent feminist group and they pushed for equality. King was killed in 1968 the night before he was killed he delivered a speech to the people at the Lorraine Motel. Some words of his speech were "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."

annotated bibliography

  • "Martin Luther King, Jr." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1992. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016. i used this source because it seemed important, because it was at the top of the resources



  • " Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016. I used this source because it was the best picture I could find of him in his speech

  • I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety." Talk of the Nation 18 Jan. 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016. I used this source because it was the best one of his speech

  • 1999"Martin Luther King, Jr." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Detroit: Gale. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. I used this source because it had the best description on the after math and legacy

  • "Civil Rights Movement." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Detroit: Gale, 1999. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. I used this source because it was the best source for the category out of all the ones I looked in

  • King Dream Concert: celebs tell why civil rights icon's memorial must be built." Jet 8 Oct. 2007: 14+. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. I used this source because it was one of the only ones with a quote for doctor king j.r.


  • "Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks in New York, 1965." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. I used this picture because it got the idea to the reader

  • "Martin Luther King, Jr." Notable Black American Men, Book II. Ed. Jessie Carney Smith. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. i used this source because it was a really good biography
  • "Martin Luther King, Jr." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Detroit: Gale, 1999. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. I used this source because it was an interesting biography to read
  • "President Lyndon B. Johnson shaking hands with Martin Luther King, Jr., after signing the Civil..." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. i used this picture because it shows him accomplishing something
  • "Advice for living." Ebony Jan. 1996: 48+. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016. i used this article because it was very vivid about his dreams