Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 15, 1929, in Atlanta Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr was born. He was the second child in his family. King Grew up in a large Victorian house, owned by his Grandparents, on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 15, Dr. King was admitted to Morehouse College.

As we all know, Dr. King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is most famous for his “I have a Dream” speech.  

King wanted equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man, her inspiration was Dr. King. He was the driving force behind the events that followed. And we know today, like the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott help bring things such as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

On August 28,  attended by some 200,000-300,000 people, King gave his well-known speech, “I Have A Dream.” The event is widely agreed to be a huge moment in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement and a factor in the passage of the Civil Rights.

King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In 1983, after years of campaigning by activists, members of Congress and Coretta King, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. Observed on the third Monday of January.  MLK day was first celebrated in 1986.


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