Martin King Jr Essay

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"Martin Luther King" and "MLK" redirect here. For other uses, see Martin Luther King (disambiguation) and MLK (disambiguation). Martin Luther King, Jr. Born Michael King, Jr. January 15, 1929 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Died April 4, 1968 (aged 39) Memphis, Tennessee, United States Monuments Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Nationality American Alma mater Morehouse College (B.A.) Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D.) Boston University (Ph.D.) Organization Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Influenced by Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Benjamin Mays, Hosea Williams, Bayard Rustin, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Leo Tolstoy Political movement African-American Civil Rights Movement, Peace movement Religion Baptist (Progressive National Baptist Convention) Spouse Coretta Scott King (m. 1953–68) Children Yolanda Denise-King (deceased) Martin Luther King III Dexter Scott King Bernice Albertine King Parents Martin Luther King, Sr. Alberta Williams King Awards Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous), Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous) Signature Martin Luther King, Jr. named Michael King at birth[1] (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.[2] He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.[3] King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.[4] A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career.[5] He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian

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