Beverly Nicole Rivera
14 October 2011
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his Civil Rights Activist Movement, his talent as a speechwriter and orator. He fought for the rights of his fellow African American citizens and fought for equality amongst whites and blacks. His was well known for his non violent movement learned from Mahatma Gandhi.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and died on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther was born as Michael Luther King, Jr. but changed his name later in his life to Martin. Martin graduated from high school at the age of fifteen and attended the Morehouse College. Martin won a fellowship at Crozer and enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University. While in Boston, he met and later married Coretta Scott. Coretta Scott was a smart and talented woman; they later had two daughters and two sons.
In 1954, Martin became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He became a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1957, he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, organization to provide new leadership. “I Have a Dream” is King’s most famous speeches; he delivered his address while directing a peaceful march in Washington, DC. alongside 250,000 people. King was arrested around twenty times and assaulted around four times. King was awarded five honorary degrees. In 1963, King was named man of the year by Time magazines. King became a symbolic leader representing the African American community. King became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient at 35 years of age. While in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, at his motel room, King was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968. King was scheduled to lead a protest march in sympathy with garbage workers. (Nobel Prize)
Dr. King’s memorial statue....