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Children's LiteratureMartin Luther King, Junior, was born into the segregated society of Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. At the age of fifteen, King entered Morehouse College and, just three years later, graduated and became an assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist, where his father also served as pastor. He later studied at Crozer Theological Society, where he learned about Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent resistance, and at Boston University. He thought he could take Gandhi's methods and "Jesus' message of 'love your enemy' to new levels." After marrying Coretta Scott, he returned to the south and began serving as a pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. After the famous 1955 incident in which Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white person, King helped form a successful bus boycott. From there, he led and supported various protests aimed at ending segregation and ensuring better opportunities for blacks in America. A highly-gifted speaker, he inspired people of all races to seek a better world. His "I have a Dream" speech, delivered during the 1963 March on Washington, continues to resonate. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Just a few years later, on April 4, 1968, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Compact yet detailed, this inspiring biography is a helpful addition for learning about King and the Civil Rights Movement. Numerous photographs, a timeline of key events in Martin Luther King, Junior's life, as well as a bibliography and an index are included. 2004, DK Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
—Valerie O. Patterson