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On January 151929 Michael Luther King Jr which was later changed to Martin was born His father Michael Luther King was a Baptist minister and his mother was a school teacher named Alberta King In 1948 King graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts After Kings successful campaign to achieve the desegregation of public facilities in Birmington Alabama in 1965 he concentrated most of his time and efforts on the voter-registration drive in Selma Alabama to Montgomery Alabama in March 1963 King inspired and planned the poor peoples campaign a march on Washington DC in 1968 to show the relationship of poverty to urban violence But he did not live to take part in it Early in 1968 he traveled to Memphis Tennessee to support a strike of Poorly paid sanitation workers There on April 4 he was assassinated by a sniper named James Earl Ray Kings death shocked the nation and was the result of a lot of rioting by blacks in many cities He was buried in Atlanta under a monument inscribed with the final words of his famous I have a Dream address Which was taken from an old slave song the inscription read Free at LastFree at LastThank God AlmightyIm Free at Even our current president Bill Clinton had this quote to say about Martin Luther King Jr Thirty-four years ago the man whose life we celebrate today spoke to us down there at the other end of this mall in words that moved the conscience of a nation Like a prophet of old he told of his dream that one day America would rise up and treat all its citizens as equals before the law and in the heart Martin Luther Kings dream was the American Dream His quest is our quest The ceaseless striving to live out our true creed Our history has been built on such dreams and laborsBy that statement which
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