Who was Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) and what did he do? He was born a pastor’s son in 1929 in Atlanta, Ga. He went to college at the age of 15! He then went to graduate school and earned his doctorate degree. Other important events in his life include:
1954 – Became pastor of a church in Montgomery, Ala.
1955 – Led a nonviolent protest against segregation on buses.
1956 – The Supreme Court ruled segregation laws unconstitutional, and all people rode the bus as equals.
1957 – Elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
1963 – Gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial.
1964 – Won the Nobel Peace Prize and gave all his prize money to promote civil rights.
1968 – On April 4, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man on a mission, and it’s one that you can help carry on. Talk to your teacher and friends about what you can do to celebrate MLK Day.