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Martin Luther King Jr His name was Martin Luther King Jr He was born on January 15 1929 to Reverend and Mrs Martin Luther King Sr in Atlanta Georgia His parents first named him Michael then after a while decided that they should call him Martin Luther King Jr He had an older sister Christine and a younger brother Alfred Daniel who became known as simply AD Martin Luther King Jr lived a pretty happy secure life as a child His parents showed their children lots of love but they were also strict with them They stressed pride dignity and learning Martin Sr as I shall call him for short believed that he was as good as any other man black or white He refused to lower his head when they were around white people and he wouldnt flinch and move out of the way when he passed white people on the street His wife was afraid that his pride and dignity would get him into trouble but he believed that one should never fear to do what was right Due to this Martin Jr grew up with the words You are as good as anybody else fixed into his head His father would take him to downtown Atlanta where the large community of whites dwelled The white people treated the black people harshly and cruelly He wanted to show him the real world and its evil ways In those days there was a lot of discrimination against black people in all aspects of life For example black people had to shop at the back of shops but Martin Luther King Sr refused to do so If a clerk reminded him that black people must shop at the back of the shop he would tell him that the seats were just as comfortable and that the shoes were the same so he did not see any reason why he should shop at
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