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Martin Luther king Jr.

Quick Facts

Born January 15, 1929.


Entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944.


Attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Valedictorian of his class in 1951, and elected student body president. 


Met Coretta Scott, an aspiring singer and musician. 


Married in June 1953 and had four children, Yolanda, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott and Bernice. 


In 1954, while still working on his dissertation, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama. He completed his Ph.D. and earned his degree in 1955. 


Lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started in December 1955 and lasted 382 days.


Became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.


Spring 1963 wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”.


August 28, 1963 held the March on Washington and gave his “I have a dream” speech.


Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.


April 4, 1968 was assassinated while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel.

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