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Martin Luter King, leader of the Negro Civil Rights Movement, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. At is he went to college and in 1948 he entered a Seminary in Philadelphia. AS a student he was impressed by the teachings of the leader Ghandi on nonviolent resistance. In 1953 he had married Coretta Scott, was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1954 he became the minister of a black Baptist church in Montgomery and a year later he led the first nonviolent protest against segregation. In 1955 he graduated from Boston University School of Theology. MLK inspired blacks the South to boycott stores were black workers were refused jobs and to hold sit - ins in restaurants that did not serve black customers. Many leaders were assassinated and thousands people were put in prison. Dr King was arrested more than 30 times. In the summer 1963 Dr King led a march for civil rights on Washington DC: 250.000 people from all over the contry gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in one of the greatest demonstrations. In the 1964 MLK was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. In the 1965 the congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Dr King devoted his time to the issues of poverty and war. On April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee..
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