Martin Luther King Jr.

By Tara Lydon, Caroline Umphlet, and Hayley Atack

MLK Facts

  • Luther King Jr. worker as a Civil Rights Activistist and a minister.
  • He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • King's original name was Michael Luther King Jr. but he changed it to Martin Luther King Jr..
  • He was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. in 1968.
  • He led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death.
  • He entered college at Moreho.
  • He was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • When he was 12 he attempted to commit suicide becuase his grandma died.
  • He played a major role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the South and in other areas.
  • He was famous for fighting for what he believed in and standing up for African Americans everywhere.
  • Although he did not show it, he had a bad habit of smoking and smoked often.
  • King was elected to lead the boycott becuase he was young, well- trained with solid family connections and had proffestional standing. But he was also new to the community and had few enemies, so it was felt he would have strong credibility with the black community.