Martin Luther King Jr.

Written By: Saniya Davis (6) and Nadia Davis (10)
Edited By: Mabrey Matz (11)

February 8, 2020

In the 1950s, Martin Luther King Jr. changed history for millions of African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King’s mother was Alberta Williams King, his father was Martin Luther King Sr., his older sister was Christine King Farris, and his little brother was Alfred Daniel Williams King. He came from a very religious family; both his father and grandfather were known pastors within the community of Atlanta. 

Martin had a better education than most African Americans during his time because his parents had attended college. This inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to take part in helping solve the social injustices of African Americans. King’s father was a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement Of Colored People). He organized a campaign for equal pay between whites and blacks. Growing up, Martin was very intelligent; he attended Morehouse College at 15 years old. He later was accepted into Boston University, where he met his soon-to-be wife, Coretta Scott. They were married in the summer of 1953 and had four children. 

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