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Martin Luther King Jr.

Many great men in the past have advocated for the rights of the American citizen. It was President Lincoln who abolished slavery and gave African Americans their natural rights as a human being to be free. Though the repression of these people didn't end because racism was very prominent and very legal in the southern states but one man was destined to change that, and that man was Martin Luther king Junior. Martin Luther king was born January 15, 1929 and was probably one of the most influential figures in American history. He was a prominent African American Rights activist, known for peacefully protesting against the 'Jim Crow' laws, a set of laws witch stripped African Americans from their rights as a citizen and as a human being.

In his early years, King lived in a southern Georgia home with his two parents, Martin Sr. and Alberta king, his older sister Willie, and his younger brother Alfred. He excelled greatly in school and he skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grade and entered Morehouse College at age fifteen without formally graduating from high school. He then got a degree in sociology (the study of society) and he received his Bachelor degree in 1951. He was a very intelligent man and went on to become a pastor in Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

Later, in 1955, Martin Luther king led a successful effort to desegregate Montgomery, Alabama, buses which was a major achievement for the African American struggle for unbiased freedom. From there, Martin Luther king began his peaceful protest on Washington. Many African Americans joined together with King to march to Washington DC to fight for their rights. Then, in 1963, King delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech to the civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial. This speech went on to be one of the most famous speeches in American history. The speech talked about how king wishes that all men can one day walk together in equality; that one day men...


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