Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was the son of a Baptist preacher and became a Baptist minister himself, too.  He followed the beliefs of Gandhi to be non-violent in his actions.  He was the greatest supporter of the Civil Rights Movement during his time.  He believed in boycotting, refusing to buy merchandise from those people who were considered racists. He was known for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.  King became a sort of national hero for the movement of African-Americans.
He is best known today for this and for his historic speech, “I Have a Dream”.   Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The Civil Rights Act was passed that year, and he was the greatest influence in its passing.  He was against discrimination of all kinds, but especially that against the African-American population. He was killed in 1968.

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Racist : characterized by or showing prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized

Boycott : withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest

Discrimination : the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of ethnicity, age, sex, or disability

Merchandise : goods to be bought and sold

Historic : famous or important in history, or potentially so

Preach : deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church

Hero : a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.

Belief : an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists

Population : all the inhabitants of a particular town, area, or country

Considered : having been thought about carefully


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