Martin Luther King Jr. Breakout

Martin Luther King Day is a United States federal holiday. It is celebrated every year on the third Monday of January. Sometimes this special day is called King Day or MLK Day. This holiday celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement.

This year, MLK Day will be January 20, 2020. Let's learn and remember Dr. King with a digital breakout!

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

He is considered one of the greatest public speakers of our times, and his speeches still inspire us to this day.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929.

His father, Martin Luther King Sr. was a Baptist pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. His mother, Alberta Williams King founded the Ebenezer choir and was an organist at the church form 1932 to 1972.

Martin was the middle child. He had an older sister, Christine and a younger brother, Alfred Daniel (A.D.)

1939 Family Portrait

Back Row: Mother, Father, Grandmother

Front Row: Martin, Christine, A.D.


Martin attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was a very smart student. He skipped his freshman and senior years in high school.

He started college at Morehouse College when he was just 15 years old. He graduated four years later at the age of 19. His college degree was in sociology.

Martin then moved to Pennsylvania to attend Crozer Theological Seminary where he received his divinity degree. Divinity is the study of religion.

He later went on to get his PhD in theology from Boston University. Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief.

Marriage and Family

While he was attending school in Boston, Martin Luther King met Coretta Scott.

The two were married at the home of Coretta’s parents.

They had four children: Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice.

The March on Washington

In 1963, Martin took part in the historic March on Washington.

More than 200,000 peaceful participants gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and listened as MLK Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.

Nobel Peace Prize

In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the Civil Rights movement.

He had a lifelong commitment to achieving racial justice through peaceful action.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in Washington D.C. The memorial opened on August 22, 2011.

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