Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Dr. King to the youngest readers and inspires them to change the world.
Our Friend, Martin
Martin Luther King Jr. born
Martin Luther King Jr. Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of and the Voting Rights Act of King won the Nobel Peace Prize in , among several other honors. He continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history. Born as Michael King Jr. The King and Williams families had roots in rural Georgia. Martin Jr.
The house was originally built in but Williams and his wife Jennie bought it in The Reverend was a pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was right down the street from his new home. Martin Luther King Jr. He and his siblings consisted learned to play the piano from their mom and were guided by the spiritual teachings from their dad and grandfather. But the family was quickly schooled on the harsh reality of the racial segregation of the south. A family outing to a shoe store resulted in the family being ushered to the back exit after being told by the storeowner that blacks were not allowed in the store. Originally meant to create an equal foothold for everyone, the Jim Crow laws came to be known as living proof of day-to-day racial discrimination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the second of three children, and was first named Michael, after his father. Both changed their names to Martin when the boy was still young. King's paternal grandfather, James Albert King, had been a sharecropper near the small town of Stockbridge, Georgia, outside Atlanta. Like most sharecroppers, he had worked hard and earned little. King, Sr.
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just me and you and you and me
Of course I was religious. I grew up in the church. My father is a preacher, my grandfather was a preacher, my great-grandfather was a preacher, my only brother is a preacher, my daddy's brother is a preacher. So I didn't have much choice. I was born in the late twenties on the verge of the Great Depression, which was to spread its disastrous arms into every corner of this nation for over a decade.
Martin Luther King, Jr. King rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference , which promoted nonviolent tactics , such as the massive March on Washington , to achieve civil rights. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in He was a leader of the American civil rights movement. He organized a number of peaceful protests as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference , including the famous March on Washington. In he won the Nobel Peace Prize, and, at the time, he was the youngest person to have done so. King also advocated for nonviolent methods of protest.
King received a doctorate degree in theology and in helped organized the first major protest of the African-American civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. The peaceful protests he led throughout the American South were often met with violence, but King and his followers persisted, and the movement gained momentum. In , Bayard Rustin and A. Two hundred and fifty thousand people gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial to hear the stirring speech. In , the civil rights movement achieved two of its greatest successes: the ratification of the 24th Amendment, which abolished the poll tax, and the Civil Rights Act of , which prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public facilities. In the late s, King openly criticized U. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee , on April 4,