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Martin Luther King Jr A man of Integrity Martin Luther King Jr lived a very successful life as a civil rights activist serving as the leading force behind the withdrawal of segregation laws in the 1960s Martin was born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15 1929 His father was a pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Martin studied for many years in school and was admitted to Morehouse College a Negro college in 1944 He received a bachelors degree in 1948 and soon after graduated He also studied at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester Pa and received a bachelors degree there Boston University was his next choice and that is where he met Coretta Scott his future wife Martin chose to become a pasture like his father before him In 1955 Rosa Parks a Negro woman refused to give up her bus seat to a white man This event catapulted Martin into the civil rights movement Martins home was bombed by racists trying to scare him several times He was even thrown in Birmingham Jail where he wrote a famous letter While Martin and several black ministers are meeting in 1957 the home of Rev Abbernathy is bombed along with several Negro churches In October 1960 Martin is arrested at a protest and ended up serving time on a probation violation from a traffic arrest case He was sentenced to four months hard labor but was released early when Senator John F Kennedy intervened On August 28 1963 Martin led a march on Washington DC It was there that he gave his most famous speech I have a dream Martin was a very peaceful person and strongly denoted any violence in his speeches His speeches were strong and colorful He spoke of equality for all men regardless of race Violence erupted between the races in the early sixties riots bombings and murders It was a very turbulent time Martin distressed over the
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