Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15,
1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He got married to Coretta Scott on
June 18, 1953 and their first daughter, Yolanda Denise King, was born on
November 17, 1955. On January 30, 1961 Dexter Scott King was
When Martin Luther King Jr. was just a boy, he realized that the 'White Only' signs were not fair. Every time he looking in a store window, there was a sign. He felt hurt inside, but his mother kept telling him, "You are just as good as anybody else." This made him feel better. That was when he realized he wanted to be a minister like his father.
Well, Martin grew up. But he grew up to be more than a minister at a church in Atlanta and decided to change the unfair signs. In everyone of his sermons he told everybody, not just the whites, that everybody is the same in a way and different in a way, but it is not because of your skin color. He said things like, "Hate cannot drive hate away, only love can do that." or "Sooner or later the world will have to discover a way to live together." He only said "together" when others said "separate". He said "peace" when others said "war". In 1964 he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
"When history books are written, someone will say that there lived a black who stood up for our rights" Martin said this when he heard of Rosa Parks arrest in 1955. Ten years passed and Martin was fed up with the 'back seat of the bus'. He decided to tell others [black and white] about his feelings. He and many others were on strike, marching up and down, around the city hall, and around the governors house. They were on strike for ten years before Martin decided to tell more people about his feelings, now many others feelings were told too. On August 28, 1963 Dr. King told over one hundred thousand people his feelings in his "I have a dream" speech which changed many other peoples feelings about skin color. "I have a dream that one day in Alabama little black boys and girls will join hands with white girls and boys as sisters and brothers"
After ten years of protest and argument, the White only signs were put away for good.
Martin cared about others and went to many different places to show others how much he cared. He helped garbage collectors who were on strike. In April 1968, his second day there, he was shot. He died.
On January 15, 1986 Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday became an American holiday. Forever America will remember the amazing man, Martin Luther King Jr.