Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Commemoration of Man that had a Dream

Biography

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King is the middle child of two. King's mother was a an accomplished organist and choir leader. On the other hand, his father was very aggressive and used to beat him because, and I quote "he would make something of him even if he had to beat him to death". King attended Booker T. Washington High School and was apart of the debate team. King graduated high school in 1944. In 1948, King graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Morehouse College. He then went on to learn at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania from which he graduated with a B.Div. (Bachelor of Divinity) in 1951. After he finished school, he married Coretta Scott, on June 18 1953 and became the father of four children.

March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965

Opening

There have been so many people who have changed world. Nelson Mandela, Buddha, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, the list goes on and on. But there is one other person who has made a huge contribution to the Civic world, a man who wasn't afraid of taking chances and was ready to put his life on the line. The man I am talking about is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1965 a group called the SCLC members marched from Selma to Montgomery to have secure equal voting rights. In the paragraphs below, I am going to prove to you that King made one of the biggest contributions to the world and will now be formally recognized.

Death (closing)

But sadly, on Thursday, April 4, 1968 the world as we know it was changed forever, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel. Dr. King was shot with a 30-60 (type of bullet) fired from a Remington Model 760. Dr. King was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where doctors performed CPR on him, but sadly did not work. King died at 6:01 am at the age of thirty-nine by standing outside on his balcony. According to Taylor Branch, Dr. Kings lasts words were to musician Ben Branch, who was supposed to perform that night at an event King was attending, he said, and I quote " Ben, make sure you play "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty".