Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., origninally born Micheal King Jr., was an American Baptist minister. He was also a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King was born on January 15,1929, in Atlanta Georgia. He married Coretta Scott in 1953. While married to her, they had 2 sons and 2 daughters. While growing up Martin Luther King Jr. was in a secure and loving environment. Although his parents were against racism and segregation, they could not sheild him from it all. When he was five years old he entered public school. Years later King attended Booker T. Washington High School and skipped the nineth and eleventh grades. Soon after he entered college at the age of fifteen.His family was very church oriented, so King's father became minister and adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther. So King would follow after his father and also take on the name. April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial.


Still to this day his legacy carries on.

How He Impacted The Society

Martin Luther King Jr. impacted society by being one among a group of African-American leaders who were greatly passionate about abolishing segregation. He was a man who deeply cared for his race and wanted the society to change its ways by treating everyone equal no matter the color of their skin. On August 28, 1963, King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. In his speech he talked about how he has a dream that one day everyone will be treated equally and not judged by the color of their but by the content of their character. By making this speech he actually made people listen to him by tapping into the feelings of parents by talking about how their children are being affected or how they will be affected if things do not change. He also uses credible sources in his speech such as, The Emancipation Proclamation and The Declaration Of Independence, which makes the people in the crowd trust what he is saying. By mentioning The Declaration Of Independence, it shows that he knows that Abraham Lincoln wanted to abolish slavery and wanted all African-Americans to be free, so King is following up with that and now helping to make a movement to not just have his race free but for them to be treated how they should. There are good and bad people in the world, not just White, Black, Asian, etc. Still to this day some people feel as though African-Americans should be treated differently since they are a minority.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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