What Are Martin Luther King Jr's Major Accomplishments

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on the 15th of January in 1929 and died on the 4th of April, 1968. He was born as Michael Luther King, Jr. but later had his name changed to Martin. King was born in Atlanta where he grew up. He went to Booker T. Washington High School where he skipped 2 two grades (ninth and eleventh grades) because of how smart he was and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at the age of 15, 1944. Four years later, King earned a Sociology Degree and attended the Liberal Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he later got his doctor’s degree in theology from Boston University. King got married on the 18th of June, 1953, to Coretta Scott (an aspiring singer and musician) in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama. King and Scott later had four children, Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice King.

King’s accomplishments were numerous but some of his major achievements included being an advocate for non-violent protest in the Memphis sanitation worker strike, being instrumental in establishing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, which was a civil rights organization that supported the philosophy of non-violence, his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and providing leadership in the Montgomery bus
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led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 which was his first major civil rights action. This all started when Rosa Parks a 43 year old African American refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was booked for breaking the law and spent the night in jail. As a result, King helped organize a boycott of the public transportation system in Montgomery. He was elected to lead the boycott as he was a young, well-trained man who had solid family connections and also had professional standing. It lasted for over a year and became tense at times. Martin was arrested and had his house bombed, however, he prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery buses came to an