Martin Luther King, Jr.: Changing The World

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Changing the World Ever wonder how hard the African Americans had it, or what their punishment was if they did something wrong? Well Martin Luther King, Jr. was one and he helped get the freedom they deserved and helped change the world. Originally named Michael, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. King grew up in a family of pastors in Atlanta, Georgia. King was an outstanding student receiving his Bachelors in many topics. He graduated from Morehouse Col-lege in 1948 and from Crozer Theologicals Seminary in 1951. King also attended Harvard University. When King was nineteen years old, King was ordained as a minister and acted as an as-sistant pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Then King…show more content…
had many gifts that singled him out as the man of his moment, but 2 things immediately set him apart from civil rights leaders of his past; He was a preacher and a southerner (McWhorter 74). On August 28, 1963 the speech Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered before the Lincoln Memorial has been hailed as the most important speech of the twentieth century. King called upon the nation to honor its promises of equality by ensuring equal rights for Black Americans. King worked with several advisors to write the speech the night be-fore he was to deliver it. Though much of the speech was pre-pared in advance, and towards the end of abandoned his notes and spoke extemporaneously (“Dream” 1). King stated in his speech “but we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice”, King also stated let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring (“Martin” 1). King traveled more that 6 million miles and ad-dressed more than 2,500 audiences, reaching millions of peo-ple. King caught the attention of the entire world during events such as the peaceful March on
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