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Name: Fadila Ibrahim

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Course: PHI 300 (Ethics & Leadership)

Course Instructor: Prof. Osam Edim

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Image of Human Rights


In this generation, there are various leaders in different parts of the world with different leadership styles and qualities. Amongst all these leaders, there’s this great man, a man with integrity who has achieved what not all could achieve. A leader whom I admire and inspires me, this man is none other than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King was an American priest. He led the African American civil rights movement. King elevated the public’s awareness on the civil rights movement and was a great orator in the U.S. history. His principal legacy was to assure the progress on civil rights in the United States. His leadership ethics and integrity made him became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the racial segregation and racial discrimination through disobedience and other

peaceful means.


Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born into a family of Baptist ministers. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King’s father‘s name was at first “Michael King”. Martin Luther King, Jr., was originally named "Michael King, Jr.," until in 1934 when the family visited German. His father changed both of their names to Martin Luther in honor of the German Protestant leader Martin Luther. King was married to Coretta Scott and had four children.

Martin Luther King attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. He didn’t officially graduate from high school as he skipped both the ninth and twelfth grade. He graduated from Morehouse College with a BSc degree in sociology. In 1951, he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. He began his ministry in 1954 as the...