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Martin Luther King JR was the greatest civil rights leader He encouraged all people of all races to help fight for equality for everyone He battled against segregation and dreamed of a nation where children wont be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character He preached nonviolence and helped organize peaceful marches throughout the deep South against segregation Martin Luther King JR helped shape American History by changing the way that African Americans were treated in this country Because of his efforts America ended segregation and offered greater political rights and education and job opportunities to African Americans CHILDHOOD Michael Luther King Jr which was later changed to Martin was born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15th 1929 He had an older sister at the time and within a year he had a younger brother He was the son of Martin Luther King Senior a Baptist minister His mother was a school teacher named Alberta King He grew up on Sweet Auburn otherwise known as Auburn Ave In Atlanta Georgia Martin attended the local segregate public schools for his high school education He went to Morehouse College at 15 and graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology in 1948 Then he graduated from Crozer University in theological seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951 After that he went to Boston University and graduated with a doctorate degree in 1955 In his studying years he developed his public speaking ability and he won a second place prize in a speech competition at Morehouse University However he received Cs in classes at Crozer until his third year there when he was praised for his powerful speaking ability and the ability to grip peoples attention Throughout Kings education he was influenced by Christian theology that related to the oppression of Christian people At Morehouse Crozer and Boston University he studied the work and philosophies of Mr Mohandas Ghandi
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