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  1. Martin Luther King Jr. - Wikipedia

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    Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

  2. Martin Luther King Jr. - Biography - NobelPrize.org

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    M artin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin.

  3. Martin Luther King Jr: Quotes, Assassination & Facts - HISTORY

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    Jan 14, 2021 · Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought...

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.—facts and information

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    Jan 15, 2020 · Martin Luther King, Jr., is a civil rights legend. In the mid-1950s, Dr. King led the movement to end segregation and counter prejudice in the United States through the means of peaceful protest....

  5. Martin Luther King Jr. - Day, Quotes & Assassination - Biography

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    Jan 13, 2021 · Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among his many efforts, King...

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  6. Martin Luther King, Jr. - National Geographic Kids

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929. At the time in that part of the country, segregation—or the separation of races in places like schools, buses, and...

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  7. 10 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King, Jr ...

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    • King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther.
    • King entered college at the age of 15. King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather.
    • King received his doctorate in systematic theology. After earning a divinity degree from Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King attended graduate school at Boston University, where he received his Ph.D.
    • King’s 'I Have a Dream' speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial. Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the civil rights leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957.
  8. Timeline: The life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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    • 1929. Jan. 15: Michael King is born in Atlanta. His father changes the boy’s name, as well as his own, to Martin Luther King several years later.
    • 1944. Sept. 20: King enrolls at Morehouse College after passing the entrance exam at age 15.
    • 1946. Aug. 6: The Atlanta Constitution publishes a letter to the editor from King supporting minority rights.
    • 1948. Feb. 25: King is ordained and becomes assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, his father’s church. June 8: King graduates from Morehouse College with bachelor’s degree in sociology.
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