The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed history not only for African American’s, but for all who live in the United States. Martin was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child Martin attended many public segregated schools throughout Georgia until he graduated at the age of fifteen. Following high school, Martin Luther King Jr. attended many colleges such as, Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University. While studying at Boston, Martin met his wife Coretta, whom which he married and had two children. Most of the King family were preachers, pastors, reverends, and ministers. Following the footsteps of his family, and after the many years of college, Martin became a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama at a Baptist church. The decade in which Martin was growing up, was an era of racism, discrimination, and hatred. He was a strong believer in his family, faith, and rights. In 1948 the beginning of the civil rights began. President Truman signed an executive order stating “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the president that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons] in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.” This one statement kicked of the entire civil right movement. Segregation and unfair treatment to colored people was normal to Americans. Whites felt that picking on colored was best because “they aren’t like
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