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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

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. Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in January.


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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 and fairer 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.

Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in January, the month in which he was born. August 28, the anniversary of Dr. King's 1963 I Have a Dream speech, is called "Dream Day."

Timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life:
1929 Born on January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia
1948 Graduates from Morehouse College
1953 Marries Coretta Scott
1955 Earns a doctoral degree
1956 Dr. King's house is bombed
1958 Dr. King publishes his first book, Stride Toward Freedom
1963 Dr. King gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1964 Dr. King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1968 Dr. King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
1986 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is declared a national holiday in the U.S.

                                                                                                                                                         
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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and _____________________________ in the USA. He was ______________________ on January 15, 1929, in ___________________________, Georgia. Both his ___________________________ and grandfather were ___________________________. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him

how to _______________________ before he went to school. Young Martin was an excellent ___________________________ in school.

 

After graduating from ___________________________ and getting married, Dr. King became a minister and moved to _________________________________. During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil rights. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus ___________________________ and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of _________________________________. He won the _________________________ Peace Prize in 1964.

Dr. King was _________________________________ on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, _________________________________. Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in _________________________________, the month of his birth.