Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King was a Baptist, minister, and a civil-rights activist. He had a powerful impact on racism relations in the United States and other areas in the nation. King was the head of S.C.L.C. He played a great role in ending legal segregation of African-American people in the south and in other regions in the US. Martin skipped both ninth and the eleventh grade, and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at the age of 15, in 1944. In 1948 he earned a sociology degree from Morehouse College and attended the Liberal theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. During his last year in Seminary, Martin came under the influence of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, his father’s classmate at Morehouse College. He became Martin’s mentor, challenging his view of theology. During this process Martin met a women named Coretta Scott an aspired singer and musician at the New England Conservatory School in Boston. They had gotten married in June 1933 and Coretta gave birth to four of their children. He completed his P.H.D and was awarded his degree in 1955 at the age of 25. In February of 1960, a group of African-American students began what became known as the “sit-in” movement in Greensboro, North Carolina in April 1960, the S.C.L.C held a conference at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina with local sit-in leaders. By August of 1960, the sit-ins have been successful in ending segregation at lunch counters in 27 cities. Martin Luther king Jr. went national. In the spring of 1963, Martin organized a demonstration in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham police sent dogs loose and sprayed hoses on them for doing these demonstrations. Dr. King was put in jail along with supports as well. This event drew nationwide attention. On august 28, 1963, the historic march on Washington got the attention of more than 200,000 people in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial. On April 3, in what...