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Martin Luther King


Live your dream with the man who helped change the world

King believed that a man should be judged not by the colour of his skin but by the content of his character. He was the civil rights activist from Atlanta Georgia who became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Laws changed thanks to his non violent opposition and a national holiday was declared after he was assassinated in 1968.

1929: Born in Atlanta, Georgia
1953: Becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
1955: Gains his PHD in systematic theology from Boston University
Leads the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks is forced to give her seat to a white man
1956: Racial segregation ends on Montgomery buses
1957: Founds the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to organise civil rights reform
1963: Gives his ‘I have a Dream’ speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
1964: The Civil Rights Act is passed, ending public segregation of blacks and whites
Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1965: Organises the Selma to Montgomery marches which are broken up by Police brutality
1966: Moves to live in the Chicago slums to show his empathy with the poor
1967: Announces his opposition to the war in Vietnam
1968: Assassinated in Memphis by James Earl Ray


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