History and Accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. In Atlanta, Georgia. He played a huge role in ending racism. Martin created the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965. He received a noble peace prize in 1964, among several other awards. King was assassinated in April 1968. He is remembered as one of the greatest African American leaders in history. His most famous speech was “I Have a Dream.” Early Years Martin Luther King Jr’s. dad was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Albert King. His old name was Michael Luther King. In time Michael adopted his father’s name, which was Martin Luther King Sr. When he did so his name became Martin Luther King the 2nd. Martin entered a public school at the age of 5. In May, 1936 he was baptized, but the event made little impression on him. Martin was 12 years old when his grandmother, Jennie, died of a heart attack. That made Martin feel bad because he was out watching a parade against his parents’ wishes and she died. Martin jumped from a second story window at a family home, trying to commit suicide. Marin attended Booker T Washington High School, where he was said to be a precocious student. He skipped both ninth grade and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944. He was very popular especially with his female classmates. He was unmotivated for two of his college years. His family was very religious but, he questioned his religion. He was
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