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Describe Dr. King's personal family
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born to Michael Luther King Sr. and Alberta King. He was the 2nd born child of three children, Willie Christine (the oldest), & Alfred Daniel (the youngest).
What were Dr. King's hobbies as a child?
He enjoyed singing at church, monopoly, Old Maid, riding bikes, baseball, etc.
ML enjoyed English & History & did well in math.

When his brother slid down the banister & accidentally hit his grandmother, ML went up to the 2nd floor & jumped out of the window.
Where did he go to high school?
Being so intelligent, he skipped the 9th grade & went to Booker T. Washington HS at age 13 (1942).
Where did he go to college, first?
He was admitted to Morehouse College, b/c he of WWII (shortage of college students) & due to the college accepting high school juniors with excellent records (age 15).He payed his college expenses by picking cigar tobacco in Simsbury, Connecticut. He graduated in 1948 (ba degree in sociology).

Some professors who influenced him were Benjamin Mays and George Kelsey.
Where did he go to college, second?
Dr. King attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania (b.a. degree in divinity).He graduated in May 6, 1951, then attended Boston University.
Who did he marry? What did his wife do? How many children did they have?
On June 18, 1953, Martin Luther King Jr. marries Coretta Scott. Coretta desired to be a classical singer, as she studied at New England Conservatory of Music.

They had four children together: Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter King, & Bernice King.

Martin & his wife decided to move to Birmingham, b/c that was the place where both could do the most help for equality.
What was the bus boycott about?
King was appointed president of MIA on December 5, 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus. King and other leaders began the bus boycott. It lasted a year until the law was changed.
What marches did he lead?
August 28, 1963: March on Washington for jobs & freedom.

1965: Dr. King led a march from Montgomery, Alabama to Selma in a voting rights protest.

March 28, 1968: march w/ striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.
What about his ministry?
On February 25, 1948, Martin is ordained and becomes the assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

April 14, 1965: Dr. King became pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Did he have any injuries?
One time, a man came up & punched him in the face (but Dr. King didn't press charges).

On September 20, 1958, King was stabbed by a deranged woman in New York City. If he had sneezed, he would have died.
What was the major award that he received?
On December 10, 1964, Martin received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
What were his plans in Memphis, Tennesse and last speech?
He was going there to help African American garbage workers receive better pay.He wanted to rebuild the SCLC's image.The 1st march ended in a riot, so he wanted to lead a more peaceful march.

On April 3, 1968, Martin delivered his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”
When,where, & who assassinated Dr. King?
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray. He was shot & killed by the sniper rifle bullet that struck into his neck & jaw.
Interesting Facts (years after his death)
On November 3, 1983, President Ronald Regan signed the bill making January 15th a national holiday called, “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.” The holiday was first celebrated in 1986.

In 1968, Coretta Scott King established the “King Center” for the legacy of her husband in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King’s tomb is located on the grounds.
Interesting Facts (years after his death)
In 1980, Dr. King’s childhood home became the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is the first African-American to be honored with a memorial in the National Mall area of Washington, D.C.