Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is recognized for his work in the civil rights movement in America. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their race or skin color. He fought against racial discrimination and prejudice saying that people should be judged according to their character and not the color of their skin..

Martin Luther King Jr. was born a minister's son on January 15, 1929. He entered college when he was only 15 years old. While in college, he studied black history, religion and theology. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Boston University. After college he became a minister and married Coretta Scott. King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where he preached against the segregation of black people.

King's most famous speech, I Have a Dream was given in 1963 in front of Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C. Two hundred fifty thousand people gathered to hear his speach that day.

Even though King believed in non-violent methods to achieve his goal of desegregation, his life ended very violently. King was killed by an assassin at the age of 39 years. We now honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. every year on his birthday, January 15th.