Martin Luther King Jr. - A Positive Role Model

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Martin Luther King Jr. - A Positive Role Model I chose to speak about Martin Luther King Jr. and the differences he made in our lives. I have so much respect for this man; he is the man whose influences and contributions have helped shaped society into what we see today. Although his story is a tragedy, it has its good points. On January 15, 1929, one of America's greatest role models was born in his parents’ home in Atlanta, Ga. Although martin had a white friend growing up in the neighbor hood where he grew up, both he and his friend had to attend segregated schools, drink from separate fountains, use separate restrooms, and even eat at different counters in restaurants. This hardship only made martin grow stronger. Young Martin was an excellent student in school; he skipped grades in both elementary school and high school. He enjoyed reading books, singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 years old. In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. In September 1948, Martin was one of six African American students to attend Crozer Theological Seminary. On May 8, 1931, he received a bachelor of divinity degree from Crozer. In June 1951, Martin graduated with an “A” average and delivered the valedictory speech for his class. For his efforts in throughout his time in school King received the Pearl Plafker Award for being an outstanding student. In 1954, King’s status in society was changed from Mr. to Doctor. In 1955, Dr. King began his involvement with the Civil Rights movement following the arrest of Rosa Parks for not allowing a white man to have her seat on a Birmingham bus company. Dr. King and other African American leaders decided to boycott the Bus Company. The boycott lasted 382 days. On
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