Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the first son of a black middle class family and was named after his father, Martin Luther King, Sr. He was an excellent student and was in college to become minister and made his doctoral degree in Boston College. In 1953 King married Coretta Scott. They have four children : Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther III, Dexter and Bernice Albertine. His work with the civil rights movement began on December 5th in 1955, when a black seamstress, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus. Black residents started a bus boycott and elected Martin Luther King, Jr. as president of a new organisation called Montgomery Improvement Association. The purpose of this was to help blacks gain equal rights. The boycott continued all the way through 1956, and Martin Luther King, Jr. gained national attention for his courage and his great skill in writing and presenting his speeches. In that same year his home in Montgomery was bombed. He was arrested and later convicted, along with other boycott leaders, for interfering with the bus companys operations. This boycott failed because the city bus company stopped service to black neighbourhoods. Although the city government tried to stop actions like these, buses in Montgomery were desegregated in December 1956This was the spark that started the civil rights movement. The Civil Rights Movement Among other things, ...

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