Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school.
Young Martin was an excellent student in school; he skipped grades in
both elementary school and high school . He enjoyed reading books,
singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin
entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 years
old. Martin experienced racism early in life. He decided to do to something to make the world a better place.
After graduating from college and getting married, Dr. King became a minister and moved to Alabama. During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil
rights and racial equality. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama,
bus boycott and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the
unfair treatment of African-Americans. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in
1964. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
The third Monday of January is now known as MLK Day of Service. To find out how you can serve your community and make this world a better place, go to www.MLKDay.gov. In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, schools and offices
will be closed on Monday, January 20th. To learn more about this man,
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