* MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
I HAVE A DREAM………….
"I Have a Dream" is a 17-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. * The speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. * Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address. * According to U.S. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the President of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, " Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations." * At the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme of "I have a dream".
* 1929 BORN ON JANUARY 15
* 1944 BEGAN HIS STUDIES AT MOREHOUSE COLLEGE
* 1948 ENTERED CROZER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY FOR 3 YEARS * 1951 BEGAN HIS GRADUATION AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
* 1953 MARRIES TO CORETTA SCOTT
* 1955 RECEIVED PhD IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
LED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT
* 1956 BUS SEGRATION RULED ILLEGAL BY SUPREME COURT
* 1959 went to india and met with the family of mahatma gandhi * 1960 WAS ARRESTED FOR SIT-IN AT A RESTAURANT IN GREENSBOR * 1961 Based on MLK's work, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in interstate travel * 1963 King writes his famous Letter from Birmingham jail after being arrested . On August 28 he joins more than 250,000 people in the March on Washington and delivers the famous "I Have a Dream" speech * 1964 MLK Jr. is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize * 1966 King begins to focus on other social issues starting with the March Against Fear * 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. * 1986 President Reagan signs a law declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, the middle child of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta...