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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Civil Rights Leader

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About This Biography:

This is an example of a biographical sketch created using the biographical framework. This is an excellent tool that you can use in classes across the curriculum. You can then use the Biography Rubric to grade the work turned in by your students.

Birth:

January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia

Death:

April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee - assassinated by James Earl Ray

Early Influences:

  • Son of well-off parents that protected him from many of the harsher elements of segregation
  • Influenced by the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi

Education:

  • Graduated from Morehouse College, 1948
  • Bachelor of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary, 1951
  • Ph.D. from Boston University, 1955

Major Accomplishments:

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1964
  • Led the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 to direct the Civil Rights Movement
  • Wrote the 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' detailing his moral philosophy

Significance:

  • Leader of the Civil Rights movement 1950's and 60's nonviolent campaign
  • His march on Washington was the largest protest demonstration and his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech came from it
  • We celebrate his birthday on the third Monday in January

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