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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr., also known as M.L, was in born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He lived in the large twelve-room house of his parents, and his grandparents also lived in the house. Martin was born in a time when African Americans did not have the rights in which they do today. During the time period he was born, African Americans did not have the rights in which they have today. (Millender, Dharathula) Martin first experienced racial discrimination when their white neighbors refused to let him play with their sons. It was hard for him to understand this because the boys had grown up as neighbors and had played together for years. (Martin Luther King Biography) No one knew that these early incidents would influence Martin Luther King Jr. and lead him to change America forever. When Martin was only 15 years old he attended Morehouse College and after two years he decided that he could best serve others by becoming a minister. ...read more.

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(Martin Luther King Biography) He led a massive protest in Birmingham and delivered his address, "I Have a Dream," in front of 250,000 people. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway. He gave the $54,000 prize money to the civil rights groups, which were working to secure the rights Negroes deserved.() Martin Luther King was put in jail 30 times for his resistance, and people tried to kill him until eventually they did. On April 4, 1968 a man named James Earl Ray assassinated Martin Luther King. Martin was staying at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in order to support the black sanitary public works employees. Across the street in the bathroom window, James Earl Ray aimed his .30-06 rifle at the black man who was standing on the balcony of his hotel. He had a clean shot and Reverend Ralph Abernathy saw King's body sprawled on the balcony with a huge red wound on King's right jaw. ...read more.

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Because of King, there isn't a lot of segregation present in the world today. Laws have been passed to ensure that all people are treated equally. If it weren't for Martin Luther King Jr., we might still be living in a world of racism and segregation. To honor Martin, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day every January 15th. (Schwartz, Davis) Within a span of 13 years from 1955 to his death in 1968 he was able to expound, expose, and extricate America from many wrongs. Martin Luther King Jr. not only became the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure. Through nonviolent protests and his words, Martin was able to show others the importance of equality. Martin led the Civil Rights movement and because of him there are laws preventing segregation in the world today. (Martin Luther King Biography) Today Black Americans have federal legislation, which provides access and legal protection in the areas of public accommodations, housing, voting rights, schools, and transportation. We honor Martin Luther King for these reasons among many others. ...read more.

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