What is an “American Dream?” An American dream is when someone effects human society by giving up what they have to give others freedom, success and prosperity. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American that contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. King, Jr. was born to be a minister but during his life he began to be a Civil Rights Activist. King Jr. lost his life trying to better the lives of African Americans during the late 1950s. He was one of the greatest African American Civil Rights leaders of the time.
He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. He was the middle child of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King, Sr. fought against racial prejudice, not just for him but for others. After Martin’s grandfather died, King, Sr. stepped in to be a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin skipped both the ninth grade and eleventh grade and at the age of fifteen was enrolled at Morehouse College. He graduated in 1948, and wanted to become a minister like his father. After three years of studying at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, he was elected student body president of a predominant white senior class and was awarded his bachelor’s degree in 1951; also in 1951 he was valedictorian (Biography.com, para.8). At the end of his time in seminary, King, Jr. became influenced by a theologian named Reinhold Niebbuhr (Biography.com, para.8). In1953, King, Jr. married Coretta Scott and was working at Boston Graduate School. They had four children(Biography.com, para.8) He completed his doctorate degree in 1953 and received it in 1955. After being accepted from several different colleges, including Yale and Edinburgh in Scotland, he enrolled in Boston University (Biography.com, para.8). In 1955, he graduated from Boston Graduate School and earned his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) (Nobelprize.org, para.1). King, Jr. was a well known activist that attempted to get rid of discrimination and segregation.
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