History of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cole R., Staff Writer

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On August 28, 1963 one of the biggest speeches in America’s history had been given to brighten up this world. It not only gave hope to African American but to Asians, Whites, Latinos and Native Americans, creating hope for a better future for all people.

A young boy was born on January 15, 1929. Born with a name of truth and faith, for that name was Martin Luther King Jr., son of Martin Luther King Sr. Growing up in a segregated world, his mind was at peace with a love and passion for music. He started out by taking piano lessons with his mother alongside his siblings. As he grew older, a love for the sports of football and baseball helped him to develop physically. At a young age Martin was inspired by his father, a Baptist minister, and living in what was known as the Jim Crow era of racism and segregation. He wanted to make a difference.

Martin was educated at Morehouse College which was an all black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. King had been studying African American culture and theology and became a Baptist minister like his father. Baptist ministers usually preach and teach about the gospel and the word of God from the Bible, enlightening people.

Becoming a voice for the people during a period of severe racism, protests and discrimination, Martin had to find a way to stop the hatred and get his message across to the world. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech was given at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.. He so was fired up and excited to give his speech to whole world.  One famous lady who was also a gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson yelled out, “ Tell them about the dream”. His famous speech became a part of American history and Dr. King’s legacy and still recited today.

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