‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ Martin Luther King

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‘Blessed are the peacemakers’

Martin Luther King

  • Martin Luther King was born on January 15th 1929 at his family home in Atlanta Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine.


  • Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school.



  • Martin experienced racism early in life. In 1935, when he was only 6, he was told that he could not play with his friends because they were white and he was black. He decided to do to something to make the world a better and fairer place.

Seminary life

  • Whilst at seminary King became acquainted with Mohandas Gandhi’s belief of non-violent social protest. After visiting India in 1959, and meeting followers of Gandhi, he became convinced that non-violent protest was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.

Pastor Martin Luther King

  • Martin Luther King graduated from Morehouse college Atlanta and became the pastor of a Baptist church in Montgomery Alabama. It was here that he led a Black bus boycott. He and ninety others were arrested. As the bus boycott dragged on King gained a national reputation.


  • Dr King inspired a growing national civil rights movement. He wanted to ensure that all people were treated fairly. He wanted to see an end to segregation in every aspect of public life – stores, no separate bathrooms and drinking fountains and no job discrimination.

The Dream

  • Dr King led a march to Washington on 28th August and gave a speech. It has since been called ‘The Dream’ speech. In the speech he spoke of his dream of equality and fair treatment for all American people.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Nobel Peace Prize


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