BCSD Libraries : Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the second oldest child of Alberta William King and Martin Luther King. His father was a pastor of a Baptist church. He did very well in school and skipped two grades in high school. He entered Morehouse College at age 15 and decided to become a minister. He earned graduate degrees from Boston University. He married Coretta Scott of Marion, Alabama in 1953. They had four children. He became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. Dr. King was very active in civil rights movement that resulted in many changes. His "I have a Dream" speech given on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. is one of the most famous speeches in history. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there supporting a strike by black garbage workers. Congress passed a law in 1983 that created a holiday on the third Monday in January to honor Dr. King and his many accomplishments. Listed below are links about Dr. King and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Garrow, David J. "King, Martin Luther, Jr." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.)
"I Have A Dream " by Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963 from 20th Century Turning Points in U.S. History