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Who is Martin Luther King, Jr?

On January 15, 2018, our nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. birthday.  It would have been his 89th birthday.  Martin Luther King Jr. was the first man to try and unite blacks and whites in our country to give them universal civil rights.

Martin Luther King Jr. entered Morehouse College at the age of 15, then Crozer Theological Seminary and finally to Boston University for his doctorate’s degree.    He had many accomplishments, which included, facilitating the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955), giving the popular, “I Have a Dream” speech (1963), and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964). 

 Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was started because Rosa Parks refused to give a white man her seat on the bus, so Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged people to take a stand and not use the bus system.  In his “I Have a Dream Speech” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.  talks about his dream of white people and black people being treated equally.  He earned the NPP because he encourage people to fight for equality with their words and not with violence.

Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee.   He worked diligently to achieve equality for ALL people no matter their skin color.  He made great strides, but we are still working on many of his goals today. 

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Written by:

5th Graders

Saul Alfaro-Flores, Destinie Bailey, Dominic Bard, Chris Farmer, Bryson Greer and Frankie Smith