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This was his dream
This was his dream

Career and life

Mr . Luther King , had studied very hard to have a good reputation and career . He studied a lot and did his best all the time , to get to his adulthood and have an important place in this world.
When he was older he married Correta Scott and had two sons and two daughters .
All his "adulthood life " he was determined to fight for the negroes rights, and made boycotts and a lot of other things , but in one of the days of the boycotts Martin Luther King was arrested and his house was bombed , but he was still the leader of negroes!!!

What we should learn with him

Although many people were for racism at that time, and coloured people would suffer a lot , but this man , when he started to work hard and do his life ,he knew he would stand up for his and everyones rights. He was courageous because although he knew bad things could happen to him ,with his boycotts and everything he was doing, he decided he would go on , for freedom .

As you can see his dream is becoming true although , in some places of the world there is still racism.

What we should learn from him is that , first of all , we should respect every type of person , white or not ,we are all people , and we all deserve a good life and a life where we are not ignored or badly treated by the community ! We should take Martin Luther King as an example , because he was a commited , intelligent , well mannered and brave man , who decided to stand for his people , no matter the consequences!

( Joaquina 6b)


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What this special man did

Martin stood up and said what he thought about racism by doong that many people changed their idea about the black so that the black could suffer less, although racism is still a reality nowadays. It shouldn`t be like this, people should judge by appearance and popularity... people shoud look and not see black people if not a different heart the only thing that changes is the coulor of that heart, that doesn`t mean that that heart is different nor bad. That means that we are all one and that we shoudn`t judge people by colour or language because we are all the same and at the same time we are different that`s what makes us special... and that was what Martin tried to say in his speech.
(Azul 6b)

Martin Luther King was born Michael Luther King but then changed its name to Martin. H e was born January 15, 1929.His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born in to the family.In 1954, Martin Luther King accepted the pastoral of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar John in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. Martin_Luter_King.jpgThe boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

Martin Luther King won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1965 the American Jewish Committee presented King with mlk.gifthe American Liberties Medallion for his "exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty." In 1965 King was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award. It was named after a 1963 encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII that calls upon all people of good will to secure peace among all nations. Pacem in Terris is Latin for 'Peace on Earth.' In 1966, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded King the Margaret Sanger Award for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."

Legacy

A mural in Kansas City, Missouri commemorating King's activism King is one of the most widely revered figures in American history.

Martin Luther King's Career and Adulthood

Martin Luther King did not have a very long adult hood , although a lot of things happened in it.One of the many important things that happend was that he was the youngest person to get the Nobel Peace prize , he also got other prizes like the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congeressional Gold Medal . One of the most famous things Martin Luther King did was the "I Have a Dream " speech which was very influencial to the community !

Martin Luther King did not have a very long life because he was assasinated in Memphis , Tennessee.

In honor of Matin they pronounced in 1986 a Martin Luther King's day on USA.

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Martin Luther king and his son

Martin Luther King was awarded 20 honorary degrees from alot of colleges and universities in the United States and several foreign countries. They include:

  • Doctor of Humane Letters from Morehouse College

  • Doctor of Laws from Howard University

  • Doctor of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary

  • Doctor of Laws from Morgan State University

  • Doctor of Humanities from Central State University

  • Doctor of Divinity from Boston University

  • Doctor of Laws from Lincoln University

  • Doctor of Laws from University of Bridgeport

  • Doctor of Civil Law from Bard College

  • Doctor of Letters from Keuka College

  • Doctor of Divinity from Wesleyan College

  • Doctor of Laws from Jewish Theological Seminary

  • Doctor of Laws from Yale University

  • Doctor of Divinity from Springfield College

  • Doctor of Laws from Hofstra University

  • Doctor of Humane Letters from Oberlin College

  • Doctor honoris causa in Social Science from Amsterdam Free University

  • Doctor of Divinity from St. Peter’s College

  • Doctor of Civil Law from University of Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Doctor of Laws from Grinnell College

  • 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

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Each year, we celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. King had a dream of equality for all and hope for the poor.

Education for a leader

In 1963, King led 250,000 people in a march on Washington, D.C, to support civil rights legislation. The event's highlight was King's famous speech, "I Have a Dream." The next year, King won the Nobel Peace Prize. "I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brothehood," he said at the ceremony.

New Struggles

In the years after those great victories, the civil rights movement began to show strain. There were some black leaders who were growing impatient with King's philosophy of nonviolence. Many white supporters were devoting more of their time and energy to protesting the U.S.A. war in Vietnam. There was also growing effort by some law-enforcement officials to discredit King, because they condiered him a threat.

In the spring of 1968, King hoped to lead a multiracial crusade against poverty. He called it the Poor's People's Campaign. Although his staff had doubts about the idea, King spent months planning a new march on Washington that would include poor people of all backgrounds and races, including Native Americans.

At the same time, Martin Luther King was involved in protests in support of black sanitation workers who were on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. One protest turned violent, with looters breaking store windows and destroying parked cars--tactics that King opposed.

That moment was really a tense time. Even trusted members of King's staff argued about the future of their group and its work. In speeches, King sometimes talked about dying for his cause.

King made another protest in Memphis, this happend on April. He was shot on the balcony of his motel by an escaped convict. Just before he was shot, King spoke to a musician who was to play that night. "Make sure you play 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand' in the meeting tonight," he said. "Play it real pretty."

If He Were Alive Today

Martin Luther King would be 77 years old now. Here are ideas from civil rights colleagues on what he might be doing had he lived.

"We wouldn't have so many people still left behind. There wouldn't be so much poverty and hunger... I think he would have been much more committed to the struggle for peace throughout the world." This said John Lewis, Democratic congressman for Georgia

"It would have been a different world if he had lived. I think we would have moved a lot more quickly on some of the global problems in Latin America and Africa. He would have been mediate the situation in the Middle EAST." This said Andrew Young, former U.S.A. ambassador to the U.N. and former mayor of Atlanta.

"His last mission was to build a working poor people's campaign... I'm convinced that today he would be focusing on this issue of building multiracial, multicultural coalitions and fighting to end the war in Irak..." This said Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition.

"His words are still the framework. Where is the voice today? We're it. We've got to make the leaders hear it. He did his part. Now we need to do ours." This said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund.

All these persons were right. Martin Luther King did his part, now WE have to do ours. (Nico) According to the government, James Earl Ray shot Dr. Martin Luther King . There is, needless to say, no physical evidence to prove this charge. James Earl Ray spent his life in prison based solely on a coerced confession which he immediately retracted




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After his death, King remained a controversial symbol of the African-American civil rights struggle, revered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of non-violence and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views.

On April 5, President Lyndon B. Johnson decreed that Sunday, April 7, 1968 be a day of national mourning in honor of Dr. King
His funeral was eulogized at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was laid to rest at the South View Cemetery. More than 300,000 people marched through Atlanta with his mule-drawn coffin.

In the midst of the sadness of 1968, President Johnson signed another piece of civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing to Blacks and minorities.

He was shot in the neck as he stood on a hotel balcony and died in hospital soon afterwards.



Azul: In my opinion Martin was a person who had the strength to speak in front of the people who thought him a useless man, but he was brave and determined to show that being of a different colur didn't make him different. He was a strong mind man that could overcome being discriminated and made a difference to many people.

Carla: In my opinion King was really brave. His speech, I HAVE A DREAM, is really facinating. King was really courageous to stand in front of all that people who thought he was crazy. Now it's our turn to complete his dream.

Joaquina: In my opinion Martin Luther King was a very brave man , who was determined, and courageous enough to stand up for him and his people's rights !!!!! I think everyone should learn with him and take him as a role model ! I hope every one learns something with the work we did here , because it is after you read this , you can tell this to your peers !! Now his dream is almost complete , and as a conclusion , I say we finish it for him .

Nico: In my opinion King was a very brave person because he stood in front of all kinds of people and gave his famous speech `I HAVE A DREAM NOW.´ He demonstrated that there was no difference in the colour of the skin in people that everyone was the same, he was very determined on what he wanted. For me, if you want to know about a courageus, brave and determined person here in this page you will read about a brave, courageus and determined person.

Jime: In my opinion Martin Luther King was a very brave man and determined too. He fought for humans right knowing it was very difficult and risky. He never gave up although , he was arrested and had people against him. He wanted to show that there was no difference between black people and white. I think it is an honor to have to do research on him.

Xana: In my opinion Martin Luther King was very brave to talk in front of all the people and say that speech, he had the necessary courage to do it and now the world isn't as it was before