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Title: Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.I Have a Dream
  • By Marc Dickerson
  • January 2003

Early Life - 1929
  • January 15, 1929, Michael Luther King Jr., later
    renamed Martin, was born to school teacher
    Alberta King and Baptist minister Michael Luther

Early Life
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., was the first son and
    second child born.
  • Other children born to the Kings were Christine
    King Farris and the late Reverend Alfred Daniel
    Williams King.

Early Life
  • Here is a picture of young Dr. Martin Luther
    King Jr.

Early Life
  • They grew up at the family home, 501 Auburn
    Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia
  • Here, "M.L." learned about family and Christian
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. began his education at
    the Yonge Street Elementary School in Atlanta,
  • Following Yonge School, he was enrolled in David
    T. Howard Elementary School.
  • He also attended the Atlanta University
    Laboratory School and Booker T. Washington High

Middle Years - 1944
  • Having skipped both the ninth and twelfth grades,
    Dr. King entered Morehouse at the age of fifteen.
  • King enrolled in Morehouse College in Atlanta in
  • Received his bachelor's degree in 1948.

Middle Years
  • King wasn't planning to enter the ministry, but
    then he met Dr. Benjamin Mays, a scholar whose
    manner and bearing convinced him that a religious
    career could be intellectually satisfying as well

Middle Years 1948-1953
  • King attended Crozer Theological Seminary in
    Chester, Pa., winning the Plafker Award as the
    outstanding student of the graduating class, and
    the J. Lewis Crozer Fellowship as well.
  • King completed the coursework for his doctorate
    degree in 1953, and was granted the degree two
    years later upon completion of his dissertation.

Middle Years - 1951
  • In September of 1951, Martin Luther King began
    doctoral studies in Systematic Theology at Boston
    University. He also studied at Harvard
  • Ph.D. degree from Boston, a Doctorate of
    Philosophy in Systematic Theology, was awarded on
    June 5, 1955.

Adult Years
  • June 18, 1953, King marries Coretta Scott in
    Marion, Ala.. They will have four children
    Yolanda Denise (b.1955), Martin Luther King III
    (b.1957), Dexter (b.1961), Bernice Albertine

Adult Years - 1954
  • September 1 King begins his pastorate at Dexter
    Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Here, he made his first mark on the civil-rights
    movement, by mobilizing the black community
    during a 382-day boycott of the city's bus lines.

Adult Years 1958-1961
  • 1958 Kings first book Stride Toward Freedom The
    Montgomery Story is published.
  • 1961 King meets with President John F. Kennedy
    and urges him to issue a second Emancipation
    Proclamation to eliminate racial segregation.

Adult Years 1968
  • Death came for King on April 4, 1968, on the
    balcony of the black-owned Lorraine Hotel just
    off Beale Street. While standing outside with
    Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy, King was shot
    in the neck by a rifle bullet. His death caused a
    wave of violence in major cities across the

I Have a Dream
  • EncouragementI Have a DreamThe famous speech
    delivered in 1963 to more than 200,000
    civil-rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in
    Washington, D.C.

  • He was a husband, a father, a preacher-and the
    preeminent leader of a movement that continues to
    transform America and the world. Martin Luther
    King, Jr., was one of the twentieth century's
    most influential men and lived one of its most
    extraordinary lives.

  • However, King's legacy has lived on. In 1969, his
    widow, Coretta Scott King, organized the Martin
    Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social
    Change. Today it stands next to his beloved
    Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. His birthday,
    Jan. 15, is a national holiday, celebrated each
    year with educational programs, artistic
    displays, and concerts throughout the United
    States. The Lorraine Hotel where he was shot is
    now the National Civil Rights Museum.
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