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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia and he was the middle child. Growing up in the King home, they tried to keep the three children safe and protect them from the racism in the outside world, but being brought up as a Christian, Martin Jr. was against racism and segregation as it was not God’s will. His father acted as minister in Atlanta after the death of his father-in-law in 1931.

Growing up in Atlanta, he started to go to public school at the age of 5. He was 12 years old when his grandmother died of a heart attack, this had a very big impression on him as he was out with his family by force when it happened. The event had such a big shock on him that he attempted suicide by jumping from a second story window.

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When he got to high school he flourished as a top student, so that he skipped both ninth and eleventh grade. He went on to College at the age of 15, he was very popular with the female classmates. Even though his family was deeply religious and part of the ministry where he attended Bible classes, he had his doubts about their religion and had a lot of questions, which lead him to decide against entering the ministry. Further on in his adolescent years he had a sparks and made a different decision which he told his father about.

“I Have a Dream”

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The spring of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. arranged a demonstration in Birmingham where full families attended. The public was not happy with the demonstration and the police set out on them by setting dogs and fire hoses on them. The demonstration was so big that it had nationwide attention as he and some supporters got arrested. As he was sitting in jail when he had the made the theory of nonviolence. At the end of the campaigned, Martin Luther King Jr. was already planning for his next big movement for a peaceful change. On the 28th of August, 1963, they had the historic march on Washington, they had more than 200 000 people attending, and it was here that Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.


After so many years of marching and going to jail, he grew tired of all the death threats. The slow progress of the civil rights in America also discouraged him a lot. While planning a new march he was staying in the Lorraine Motel, he was standing outside on the balcony when he was hit by a sniper’s bullet. It took a two month manhunt to find the man who shot and killed King Jr.

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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr.
Why we can’t wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
Letter from the Birmingham jail by Martin Luther King Jr.