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The Happenings in January

Britt Young, News Editor

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It is a day that everyone remembers a great man that changed the United States to the great nation that it is today.  That man it Martin Luther King Jr, and January 16th is a day devoted to his memory.

Martin Luther King was born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, GA.  On nobelprize.org they state that his name actually was Michael Luther King was he was born, but it was changed later to Martin.

King was a very smart man and started graduate studies in Boston.  After graduating from Boston; he went on to get his doctorate where he met a young women named Coretta Scott.  They married and  eventually had two sons and two daughters together.

King did not like the treatment of other African Americans and wanted to learn how to do something about it.  He became a strong supporter of civil rights.

Being a pastor ran in his family, and he became the third generation male to be a pastor at a Baptist church.  His ideas on civil rights only grew from becoming a pastor.

On thekingcenter.org they state that King became the leader of a nonviolent protesting group from equality of African Americans.  Like Ghandi, they didn’t believe that violence was the answer.

King is known by everyone by his, “I Have a Dream” speech.  This speech was regarding equal rights for everyone, and it is still used today.

King was apart of bus protests and was arrested many times for his nonviolent protests.  He did all this for the dream that someday everyone would have equal rights.

Thekingcenter.org also stated that King was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 for his work with civil rights.  

During a protest in Memphis, TN, King was assassinated.  He was returned to his hometown of Atlanta, GA, where everyone celebrated his life and work.

Through his work in civil rights and equality we have made strides in the right direction. Every year, one day is celebrated to remember his great ideas and his kindness.

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The Happenings in January