Martin Luther King Research Paper

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Martin Luther King Junior (Jr.), actually born Michael King Jr., was brought into this world on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born to his mother Alberta Williams, his dad Martin Luther King Senior (Sr.), his older sister Christine King-Farris, and later his younger brother Alfred Daniel Williams. King Jr. started public school at the age of 5 and later attended Booker T. Washington High School. He skipped the grades 9th and 12th. He then entered Morehouse College at the age of 15 for Sociology and graduated with a bachelor. He became a pastor at Dexter Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954 at the age of 25 years old. After getting his life on track he still wanted to continue his education and went to Boston University, where he later met his wife, in 1955 and got a Ph.D. in Theology. He married a woman named Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 in Heiberger, Alabama. They later had four kids, two sons named Dexter Scott and Martin Luther King III, and two daughters named Bernice and Yolanda. King realized the pressing problem of segregation and wanted to help solve this problem in some way. So he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent approach. He visited India and had a better understanding of the non-violence and how it can help. So when King came back he helped organize a 382-day bus boycott, with the help of his organization Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation on Alabama’s buses. The boycott got so bad at one point King’s house got bombed. King tried to help the segregation problem in a non-violent way as best as he could. In the spring of 1963, King went to Birmingham, Alabama (at that time the most segregated city) and tried to bring change about. He was actually arrested and went to jail for 8 days, where he wrote his letter “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. King later on that year, in 1963, organized the March on Washington where 200,000 marched with him to deliver his most famous speech “I have a Dream”. King delivered many speeches but