Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He real name was Michael King Jr., but at the age of 5 it was changed Martin Luther King Jr., He lived with his parents, an older sister, and a younger brother. He was always good in school and loved education. He was so smart that he skipped both 9th and 12th grade in high school.
At the age of 15, he went to college and decided to be a minister. After college, he married Coretta Scott in 1953 and had four children.
The Civil Rights Movement began with a protest in Montgomery in 1955. Rosa Parks was an African-American who was arrested for not following a law saying that blacks had to give up their seats on buses when white people wanted to sit in the same seats or row.
MLK told African-Americans in Montgomery to boycott the city buses. He used the method of nonviolent protest. He used protests to show the problems African-Americans faced in 1964. Congress passed the civil Rights Bill. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned racial inequality and pushed for equal rights for all citizens of the United State.
On April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr., was shot and killed. He was shot by James Earl Ray. King was buried in South View Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is still famous for the things that he did. He is famous for his bravery and hard work. He stood up and fought for the rights of all African-Americans in the in the United States. He pushed for equality. He is so famous that his birthday is a national day.
Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Before African-Americans were separated and given unequal rights. After Martin Luther King Jr. fought for their rights, they were given the freedom that they deserved. Now, every American, no matter what color they are, are given equal rights and are able to come together.
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