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This extraordinary man like no other Martin Luther King Jr believed in equal rights Fighting for this cause made him an extremely popular figure in history By protesting he gained many hearts as well as improved laws He was one of a kind to be remembered for years to come Martin Luther King grew up in the USA at a time when black people were segregated from white people He campaigned for equal rights for blacks using non-violent methods of protest He was assassinated while speaking in Tennessee but the message he preached resulted in improved conditions for black Americans King was born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15 1929 the eldest son of Martin Luther King Sr a Baptist minister and Alberta Williams King He entered Morehouse College at the age of 15 and was ordained a Baptist minister at the age of 17 Graduating from Crozer Theological Seminary as class president in 1951 he then did postgraduate work at Boston University Kings studies at Crozer and Boston led him to explore the works of the Indian nationalist Mohandas K Gandhi whose ideas became the core of his own philosophy of nonviolent protest While in Boston he met Coretta Scott of Marion Alabama They had four children They were married in June 1953 and the following year King accepted an appointment as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama As a boy Martin loved to listen to his Grandmother read from the bible and play games with his brother and sister Even more he enjoyed playing with the children of the local shopkeeper This was very unusual in Atlanta because Martin was black ad his friends were white Black people first came to the United States as slaves but now they were free people Even so many white Americans especially in the South did not want to mix with black people They believed in segregation The
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