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Emma BrookesReligious Education18/05/2010
Martin Luther King
Born: January 15, 1929 in Atlanta
Died: April 4, 1968
He was born Michael Luther King Jr. However, later had his name changed to
Both his father and grandfather were Baptist preachers who had been involved in
the civil rights movement.
King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948. After considering careers in
medicine and law, he entered the ministry. While studying at in Pennsylvania, he
heard a lecture on Mahatma Gandhi and the nonviolent civil campaign that he
used successfully against British rule in India.
He read several books on Gandhi, and then became convinced that with the
same methods he could work to change civil rights in America.
"Through our pain we will make them see their injustice"(Gandhi's word's that
Martin was also influenced by Henry David Thoreau as well as Gandhi.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist and prominent leader in the
African American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on
civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for
his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent
I Had a Dream, was the speech King delivered which educated, inspired, and
informed not just the people there, but people from all over America.
The Bible was important Martin Luther King Jr, within his speech he expressed how
deeply his vision of racial justice and how it had links to Judeo-Christian heritage. It
was the Bible that helped him to choose the way in which he conveyed his protest
and the biblical teachings of love, despair and violence.