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How Martin Lutherking Jr. Overcame Adversity
Transcript of How Martin Lutherking Jr. Overcame Adversity
What his adversity was
Since he was a colored man he was disrespected and was treated unfairly.
Because of this he wasn't able to do other things white people could do.
He was threatened, subjected to personal abuse and was arrested more than 20 times. He was also assaulted at least 4 times.
He was very religious and became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the civil rights movement. The ideas for this organization he took from Christianity and its operational techniques from Gandhi.
How He Overcame
He directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, "l Have a Dream".
He led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of everyone, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", a manifesto of the Negro revolution.
He planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters
He showed them that he could do whatever he wanted and no one could stop him from accomplishing his dreams.
In eleven years between 1957 and 1968 he had traveled over 6 million times and spoke over 25 hundred times, and wrote 5 books. He was 39 years old when he was assassinated on April 4 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was trying to help the striking garbage workers. The funeral was held on 9 April 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
Martin Luther was born January 15 1929 and was actually named Micheal who changed it later on. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955.
My report will be on Martin Luther King Jr. It will cover what he did with his life, how he overcame adversity and how he died.
Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, he was ready, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate.
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
On June 23, 1963 MLK leads 125,000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit.
On January 3, 1963 King appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year.
He was awarded five honorary degrees
And became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure
Martin Luther King going to give his speech