ICONIC CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS – MLK Jr.

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Doctor Martin Luther King Jnr.

Born at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 1929 at the fam­ily home in Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first son and sec­ond child born to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. The son of a min­is­ter, Martin Luther King, Jr. grows up to fol­low in his father’s foot­steps; study­ing at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and earn­ing a doc­tor­ate at Boston University’s School of Theology.Dr. King heads the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) to protest the arrest of NAACP offi­cial Rosa Park for refus­ing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Photo 4Dr. King’s vision expands glob­ally and a trip to India increased his under­stand­ing of Gandhian ideas of non­vi­o­lent resistance.  With the SCLC King helps orga­nize the Birmingham protests, writes “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, and focuses atten­tion nation­ally with the March on Washington. King speaks out on the Vietnam War and forms the Poor People’s Campaign, designed to prod the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to strengthen its antipoverty efforts.http://​www​.thek​ing​cen​ter​.org/​a​b​o​u​t​-​d​r​-​k​ing