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Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

King is most famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King said (*):
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day 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.'

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

马丁·路德·金 Martin Luther King Jr. - I

VocabularyDescription
African-American
AlabamaAlabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States.
America
AtlantaAtlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia
black
bus
change
courage
doctoral degree
dream
Dr. King
fairness
free
freedom
GeorgiaGeorgia is a state in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1733, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.
great
greatnessthe quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent.
history
holiday
honor
human rights
icon
"I have a dream"
jail
January 15Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929
leader
marchwalk in a military manner with a regular measured tread.
March on WashingtonThe March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the March on Washington, or The Great March on Washington, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and demanded civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. Thousands of Americans headed to Washington on Tuesday, August 27, 1963. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in which he called for an end to racism
Martin Luther King, Jr.
MemphisMemphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee.
MLKMartin Luther King Jr.
murder
national holiday
Nobel peace prize
peace
peaceful
prize
race
rights
south
speech
TennesseeTennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States.
united
USAUnited States of America
vote
voter

马丁·路德·金 Martin Luther King Jr. - II

VocabularyDescription
assassinatemurder (an important person) in a surprise attack for political or religious reasons.
ballota process of voting, in writing and typically in secret.
ballot boxa sealed box into which voters put completed ballots.
biasprejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
boycottwithdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.
brutalitysavage physical violence; great cruelty.
bus boycott
civil
civil resistance
civil rights
democraticof, relating to, or supporting democracy or its principles.
democracya system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
demonstration
demonstrator
dignity
discrimintationthe unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
equality
GandhiMohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
hatredintense dislike or ill will.
historic
inequity
intolerance
justice
legacy
Lorraine MotelThe Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the most famous motels in the United States. It is the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
lunch counterOn February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South.
Mahatma GandhiInspired by Mahatma Gandhi's success with nonviolent activism, King had wanted to take a trip to India. The trip to India in 1959 affected King, deepening his understanding of nonviolent resistance and his commitment to America's struggle for civil rights.
martyra person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs.
memorial
militanta militant person.
ministera member of the clergy, especially in Protestant churches.
moral
Morehouse CollegeIn 1948, King graduated from Morehouse with a B.A. degree in sociology
movement
NAACP "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"
nonviolence
nonviolent
opposition
oratora public speaker, especially one who is eloquent or skilled.
ordainmake (someone) a priest or minister; confer holy orders on.
organize
pacifismthe belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
philosophythe study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
political change
politics
poll tax
prejudice
racism
resistance
Rosa ParksRosa Parks was an American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver's order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.
sacrificean act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure.
SCLC"Southern Christian Leadership Conference"
segregationthe action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.
slavery
social
stereotypea widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
stride
Stride Toward FreedomKing's first book, it describes the conditions of African Americans living in Alabama during the era, and chronicles the events and participant's planning and thoughts about the boycott and its aftermath.
struggle
tacticsan action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
tolerance
unfairness
unity

马丁·路德·金 Martin Luther King Jr. - III

VocabularyDescription
bigotryintolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
reverenda member of the clergy
sermona talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible.



* King, Martin Luther; King, Coretta Scott (2008). The Words of Martin Luther King Jr.: Second Edition. Newmarket Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-55704-815-8.


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