Martin Luther King Jr Biography Essay

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Martin Luther King, Jr. originally born as Michael King Jr, was born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia to his father Michael “Martin” Luther King Sr., a Baptist minister, and his mother Alberta Williams-King. Martin Luther King Jr., also became a Baptist minister and later a social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950’s until his death by assassination on April 4th, 1968. Dr. King died far too young at the age of thirty-nine. King was the main activist behind the end of legal segregation as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which practiced non-violence in everything they did, including the March on Washington in 1963. He is most known for his I Have a Dream speech, and because of history changing events like these King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King skipped his first and last year at Booker T. Washington High School and went to Morehouse College at the age of fifteen. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. King was inspired by Henry Thoreau’s essays on Civil Disobedience, leading him to become a Civil Rights…show more content…
Yolanda, the first born was a human rights activist and an actress. She was active in many projects that honored her father. Their first born son, Martin Luther King III was only 10 years old when his father was assassinated. To live up to his father’s legacy, he led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and most recently served as the director and co-owner of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Alongside him is his brother Dexter Scott King who was also a co-owner of the King Center. He followed in his father’s footsteps by going to Morehouse College, but left to be an actor and documentary maker. Lastly, the youngest of the family, Bernice Albertine King has devoted her life to keep his legacy
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