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Okay class, today we will be discussing who Martin Luther King was and why he is important to this very day.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. He went to Booker T. Washington High School. He was so smart that he skipped two grades in high school. He started his college education at Morehouse College at the young age of fifteen.
In his first major civil rights action, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested and spent the night in jail.
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As a result, Martin helped to organize a boycott of the public transportation system in Montgomery. The boycott lasted for over a year. It was very tense at times. In the end, however, Martin prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery buses came to an end.
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the famous "March on Washington". It was at this march where Martin gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. This speech has become one of the most famous speeches in history.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4. 1968 in Memphis, TN. While standing on the balcony of his hotel, he was shot by James Earl Ray. Everyone was sad but he remains in our hearts until this very day
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