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America's greatest leader: Martin Luther King Jr.

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BY: SARAH PRINCE Martin Luther King Jr. Father was a pastor Born in Atlanta, Georgia
Faced adversity as a child Gave many speeches in his lifetime. He is known for these speeches and they are still used today MLK JR. was very educated
He stood for equality of all races King forms the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight segregation and achieve civil rights. On May 17, MLK speaks to a crowd of 15,000 people in Washington, D.C.
Joins in on the bus boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1. On December 5, he is elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, making him the official spokesman for the boycott. Against racism and segregation 1953 Married: Coretta Scott in 1953
Big help in his life; always supportive 1929 1955 1957 1961 In November, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in interstate travel due to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders. On June 23, MLK leads 125,000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit.

The March on Washington held August 28 is the largest civil rights demonstration in history with nearly 250,000 people in attendance.
August 28th,Presents his most famous speech, "I have a Dream" 1963
On January 3, King appears on the cover of Time magazine as Man of the Year.

King attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the White House on July 2 1964
King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10. Dr. King is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace at age 35. On November 27, King announces the inception of the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races. 1967 On April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 1968 On November 2, a national holiday is proclaimed in King's honor. 1986 "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" - MLK, I Have a Dream (1963)

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood"- MLK, I Have a Dream (1963)

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love" - MLK, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964)

"Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars" - MLK, I've Been to the Mountaintop speech (1968)

"When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory" - MLK, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968)

"It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence" -MLK, Mountaintop speech (1968) Famous Quotes Martin Luther King JR. deserves the Leader of the Century award because he spent his whole adult life fighting for what was right, and standing up for the people who couldn't. He not only fought for equality and integration, but love and kindness. MLK believed in non violent fighting, a kind of fightig that takes emotional and self control. Martin died due to his perserverance and dedication to his beliefs; His goals of equality were achieved and laws have been passed progressively through his life up until today because of him. MLK made an impact on the world forever, not just America, the world; it takes a leader to impact that many people. It comes to show the marvelous works he did. MLK JR. taught society to dream and strive to succeed, because anything is possible. THis concept gave people the strenght to believe and the power to dream. He changed how the world viewed people, and is still an example in our time because of those contributions to the world. Martin Luther King JR. is the perfect candidate for the Leader of the Century award. MLK Overwiew
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