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Famous Facts

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1: Msrtin Luther King Jr. is known throughout the world as a famous civil rights activist. He did not believe it was fair that blacks did not have the same rights as whites. For example, separate drimking fountains, and mandatory seats in the back of the bus. | Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelors degree. In 196 King and his group organized many marches and peaceful protests. On August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C King read his famous I Have A Dream spech. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent movements. On April 4, 1968 he was shot and killed.

2: Rosa Parks was born on February, 1913 in Alabama and she was married to Raymond Parks. In 1955, Rosa Parks was an African American seamstress and a civil rights activist in Montgomery Alabama. She boarded on a bus one day and refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Rosa Parks was arrested for breaking a segregation law. The law required blacks to give up their seats on the bus for white passengers and move to the back. Rosa Park's decision by not giving up her seat helped bring about the end of segregation laws on public transportation in the South. Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005.

3: Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was raised in a small farming community where she was sexually abused by her male relatives. She learned to read aloud and perform recitations for her grandmother at the age of three. She moved to Nashville to live with her father Vernon. In 1971, she entered Tennessee State University at the age of nineteen and began working in radio television broadcasting in Nashville. Oprah is currently the host of an international show called Oprah Winfrey Show and is the wealthiest black woman in the U.S. One of her biggest accomplishments is when she opened up an all girls high school in South Africa.

4: More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. Another 2.7 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. Every single year six million children die from malnutrition. More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water related diseases. Everyday HIV/ AIDS kills 6,000 people and another 8,200 people are infected with deadly viruses. More than 2.6 billiom people over 40 percent of the world's population do not have basic sanitation which makes drinking unsafe. Each year approximately 300 to 500 million people are infected with malaria and 3 million die as a result.

5: Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the 44th and current president of the United States. He is the first African American to hold office

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