Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 6, 2011

American Heroes~ MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929-1968) ~ by rldubour


 

 


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929-1968)

 

Mother was Alberta Williams
She loved and married Michael King.
Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta
She said, “I do” and wore his ring.

Their first child born was a daughter
Known as Willie Christine by name.
The second child was named Michael
His ministry would bring him fame.

The youngest boy they named Albert
In honor of his grandfather.
The rule for woman teachers then
They must be a stay home mother.

At this time father changed his name
To Martin Luther King Senior
He also changed young Michael’s name
To Martin Luther King Junior.

He attended Morehouse College
Where he received his first degree.
Was mentored by Benjamin Mays.
A, B.A. in sociology.

To Crozer Theological Seminary
He was valedictorian.
A Bachelor of Divinity
Was top of his class once again.

Then Boston University
Where he received a Ph.D.
In nineteen-hundred-fifty-five
In Systematic theology.

On June eighteenth in fifty-three
Coretta Scott became his wife.
Her father Reverend Albert Scott
Gave them their marriage vows for life.

Two children in Montgomery
Martin the III and Yolanda.
Then Dexter and Bernice came next
They both were born in Atlanta.

All four have gone their fathers way
With their own ideals they prefer.
As activists in civil rights
Each one their goals they do concur.

A political activist
A minister, a peacemaker.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize
Was a leader and great speaker.

Presidential Medal of Freedom
He was posthumously awarded.
In his honor a special day
His words “I Have a Dream.” recorded.

April fourth, nineteen-sixty-eight
The Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
Was shot while on the balcony
Another leader we still miss.

 

AUTHOR NOTES*


Born; January 15, 1929 Atlanta, Georgia
Died; April 4, 1968 Memphis, Tennessee
King was assassinated at 6:01 p.m. the next day, April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee Friends inside the motel room heard the shots and ran to the balcony to find King shot in the throat. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 7:05 p.m.
Besides winning the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1965 the American Jewish Committee presented King with the American Liberties Medallion for his “exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty.” Reverend King said in his acceptance remarks, “Freedom is one thing. You have it all or you are not free.”
In 1966, Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Mr. King the Margaret Sanger Award for “his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity.”

In 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to King by Jimmy Carter.
King is the second most admired person in the 20th century according to a Gallup poll.
King was voted 6th in the Person of the Century poll by TIME.
King was elected the third Greatest American of all time by the American public in a contest conducted by the Discovery Channel and AOL. Coretta Scott King died on January 30, 2006

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