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Genially about civil rights leader and activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.






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"I have a dream"

In Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech, "I Have A Dream", he spoke powerfully and eloquently of his desire for a future in which black and white people could coexist harmoniously and as equals. This speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery in 1954. He was also a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1955, he led the Montgomery bus boycott, which led to the Supreme Court declaring laws requiring segregation on buses to be unconstitutional.

King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. The organization was formed to provide leadership for the civil rights movement. Between 1957 and 1968, King wrote five books, spoke over 2,500 times, and traveled 6 million miles. He led a protest in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 which was intended to bring attention to the integration efforts of African Americans in Birmingham. King also directed the March on Washington and delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to 250,000 marchers in Washington, D.C..

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended public schools in Georgia and graduated high school at age 15. He received a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in 1948, and was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary, where he was president of a predominantly white class. He received his doctorate from Boston University in 1955. King met Coretta Scott in Boston, and he later married and had four children with her.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 while on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, where he was going to lead a protest in sympathy with the garbage workers of the city. He was the youngest man to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, receiving it at age 35 in 1964. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1977 by President Carter.