MLK Had a Dream

Posted on January 19, 2015 by


Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up as a child, Martin was the middle child of all the children. He was a very intelligent boy, graduating at the age of fifteen. He went to Morehouse College, where he received a B.A.

He married a woman named Coretta Scott while he was in Boston; they had two sons and two daughters.

By 1954, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist church in Alabama. His greatest ability was to work; he was very opinionated about equality and race. Martin accepted the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times.

Martin Luther King changed a lot of things in America. He was famous for a lot of life-changing experiences, but the one quote we will always remember was, “I Had a Dream.”  During this speech, he was campaigning for President Lyndon B. Johnson.

As a spokesperson, he traveled everywhere, spreading his thoughts on equality. He grew up in a world where people believed that whites were powerful, and, if you were not white, you were nothing. He thought that that was wrong and people should live in peace and be loved, not hated, just because of the color of their skin.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” King said.

On 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot in the neck by a rifle gun. He was on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray.

“I was a policeman the day of his death. President Nixon was in town for political reason,s and I was there when the riot started. He was standing on the balcony of his hotel room, and he was shot by a rifle,” security guard Fred Yerger said.

“I remember when he was shot 4 April 1968 in Memphis Tennessee by James Earl Ray. He was making a speech on the balcony and the Lorraine Motel,” Joan Shiner said.

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