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Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Om Martin Luther King Jr., en viktig forkjemper for bedre vilkår for den svarte befolkningen i USA.

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I want to write about Martin Luther King, because he has done so much for the civil rights without using violence.


He was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. After college he graduated in sociology and from Boston University he received a Ph.D in Systematic theology. He was a well educated man. King was awarded honorary degrees from various colleges and universities in the United States and several foreign countries.


King married Coretta Scott and they had four children. In 1953 they settled down in a little town called Montgomery, Alabama. The incidents that will take place become decisive for the rest of his life. The married couple decide to help the black people with their rights. King became pastor of a local black church, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. All four children have followed their father's footsteps as civil rights activists.


On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a member of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by King, soon followed. In protest against the racial segregation, they came up with the idea to boycott all busses. But he told everyone that there would not be used any violence. Everyone in the local church fully supported the idea. The boycott lasted for 382 days. King was arrested during this campaign, which ended with a United States Supreme Court decision that the racial segregation on intrastate buses and all public transport was forbidden. The news reached the southern states and people began to open their eyes for the successful protests in Montgomery.

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