Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15 1929-April 4, 1968) Brief Summary (of who MLK Jr. is): Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and an activist who led the civil rights movement in the 1950. He was a fundamental force behind the civil rights movement that ended legal segregation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. But he was sadly assassinated in 1968 on a second floor balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee… Childhood: Martin Luther was never poor. He lived with a middle class family but his family was very religious. His father and grandfather were Baptist preachers. He would succeed his father as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta. He lived in Auburn Avenue, where there was the country’s most prosperous black businesses and churches. During his childhood he had a (basically normal) life but being black (before the civil rights movement) he experienced segregation in the south firsthand. He said when he was six; his playmate (who was white) told Martin that his parents wouldn’t let him play with Martin because the children were now attending segregated schools. During those years, Martin could always rely on his maternal (Mom’ side) grandmother. But in 1941; when Martin was 12, Martin’s grandmother Jennie Celeste Parks Williams died of a heart attack while Martin was attending a parade without his parents’ permission. Grief stricken and ashamed of his bad behavior (attending the parade) Martin attempted suicide by jumping of the

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