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2 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

3 Timeline Photo Gallery Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama

4 Martin is Born Martin Luther King, Jr. is born to Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr. (former Alberta Christine Williams) in Atlanta, Georgia. January 15, 1929

5 Segregation Laws Largely because of Plessy v. Ferguson, racial segregation reigned supreme in the South from the 1890's until the 1950's. Confederate Flag

6 Martin’s Childhood 1935 – 1944 Dr. King attends David T. Howard Elementary School, Atlanta University Laboratory School, and Booker T. Washington High School. He passes the entrance examination to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia without graduating from high school. As a young boy, Martin had to see the inequality, injustice and racial tension that was in America. He did not like this. Martin and his big sister Christine.

7 Pastor King 1947 Dr. King is licensed to preach February 25 Dr. King is ordained to the Baptist ministry and appointed associate pastor at Ebenezer. June 8 Dr. King graduates from Morehouse College with a BA degree in Sociology. September Dr. King enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. After hearing Dr. A. J. Muste and Dr. Mordecai W. Johnson preach on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he begins to study Gandhi seriously.

8 Influenced by Gandhi … Nonviolent Disobedience Dr. King with wife Coretta

9 Rosa Parks Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white - she was arrested.

10 Dr. King is Arrested For travelling 30 mph in a 25 mph zone.

11 The government lies about Martin Luther King Jr. to attempt to stop him from fighting back against racial discrimination.

12 Dr. King Marches for Civil Rights Bobby Kennedy

13 Martin Luther King Jr. vs. Malcolm X I Have A Dream Today Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? -- Martin L. King

14 "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." Martin Luther King, Jr. "I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power and be in these positions to block things that you and I need. Because this is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self- defense. I don't even call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence." Malcolm X

15 Racial Demonstration 1960’s Olympics Black Panthers…Nation of Islam

16 “I Have a Dream” Speech

17 Lorraine Hotel Memphis, Tennesee April 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.


19 MLK Day is Signed Into Law President Ronald Reagan signs a law making MLK day.

20 Awards – 1950’s Time - One of the Most Outstanding PersonalitiesTime Who's Who in America - ListedWho's Who in America NAACP - Spingarn MedalNAACP National Newspaper Publishers - The Russwurm AwardNational Newspaper Publishers Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York - The Second Annual Achievement AwardPolice Department of New York Link Magazine of New Delhi - one of sixteen world leaders who had contributed most to the advancement of freedom during that year

21 Awards – 1960’s Time - Man of the YearTime Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Die Workers International Union - American of the Decade United Federation of Teachers - John Dewey AwardUnited Federation of Teachers Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago - John F. Kennedy Award Nobel Foundation - Nobel Peace PrizeNobel Foundation - Nobel Peace Prize Jamaican Government - Marcus Garvey Prize for Human RightsJamaican Government Southern Christian Leadership Conference - Rosa L. Parks Award

22 How will YOU improve the world? Dr. King helped make America a fairer place.

23 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

24 Web Sites "I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Day on the Net This Martin Luther King Day site has sound, pictures and information on Dr. King and the holiday that celebrates his birth. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project Stanford University maintains a large and authoritative collection of works by and about Dr. King The Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change "The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is dedicated to carrying forward the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through research, education and training in the principles, philosophy and methods of nonviolence." Salute to Martin Luther King tribute page includes photographs and articles about Dr. King. Martin Luther King The Seattle Times has developed this site about Martin Luther King and the holiday.

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