Martin Luther King Jr.


Do you want to know who stopped segregation? This story is about Martin Luther King Jr. He promised all of us that young kids black and white can hold hands.


Born Michael King Jr. January 15, 1929.

Martin graduated high school when he was 15.

Adopted the name Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther.

Martin's father taught him to demand respect.


He was a Baptist minister who wanted to stop segregation of African-Americans.

He showed people how to change the law in a nice way, non-violent protests - sit-ins, demonstrations.

Martin sometimes went to jail or faced violence.

He lead a bus boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested. The bus boycott would be 382 days of walking to work. The law mandating segregated public transportation was lifted.

Helped created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to help register black voters in the South.

Helped create the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - outlaw desegregation and discrimination.

Helped create the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -gave African-Americans the right to vote.

Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by James Earl Ray in 1968.


National holiday named after him.

Schools and public buildings named after him.

A memorial on Independence Mall in Washington, D.C.


" I Have a Dream"

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