A Longstanding Legacy
Dr. King was born into the climate of the American Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. His grandfather was the founder of the Atlanta Chapters of the NAACP, and his father was the Pastor of the Eboniza Baptist Church where he worked as a Civil Rights Leader. Dr. King attended Morehouse College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1948. Dr. King married Coretta Scott King in 1953. After graduating with honors from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951, he went to Boston University where he earned a PHD in Divinity in 1955. After graduating from Boston University, Dr. King became the Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama where he began the activities that would make him an American Civil Rights Leader.(student papers,23/24) America , it has been 50 years since the great Martin Luther King Jr marched into Washington with his followers and supporters of 250,000 plus, stood under the shadow of the Lincoln memorial and gave one of the most powerful and significant speeches of the 20th century titled 'I Have Dream'.This speech gave ground and ammunition to those fighting for equality and showed that it was not just a black struggle or colored struggle but a quest for the long overdue guarantee of Constitutional rights to all of the people of the United States. The I Have A Dream speech is a zeitgeist to the 1950s,1960 and even 1970s because during those periods of times it was a very difficult time for black people and people of color. People of color were not treated equally to white Americans simply because of their skin color, and the laws allowed people to treat them and protected those who treated them bad to suffer no repercussions, Laws requiring different water fountains and different hotels , schools and even restaurants during this time period. As civil rights protests spread throughout the nation, King continued to combine peaceful methods of...
Cited: azin, Michael. "Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Meanings Of The 1960S." American Historical Review 114.4 (2009): 980-989. Education Research Complete. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.
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