Have you ever had a dream? A dream so big that it may change lives for the better? A dream so big that it could change the world? A man named Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream just like that.

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929. Who knew that he would make a huge change in our world? He is most famous for leading the Civil Rights Movement.

At the age of 14, King finished high school. King enrolled at Morehouse Community College at 15. By age 18, King became a minister at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. Later in life, King married Coretta Scott King and they had four children.

King wanted things to be right for everyone. According to history.com the March on Washington was and is King’s most famous address, known as the “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for peace and equality —a masterpiece. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his vision for the future. “This nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

 The speech and march gave King a great reputation both home and abroad. He was named, “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine and in 1964, King became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Karen Golden