He Blazed a Trail for Civil Rights

Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Martin Luther King and Alberta Williams King, Martin Luther King, Jr. would grow to be one of America’s greatest influencers. Dr. King lived a full and purposed life. Though he faced many challenges, he blazed a trail for civil rights.

As a Young Man

He attended the first African-American public high school in Atlanta, Booker T. Washington High School. As a top student, he was able to skip his freshman and senior years and entered his college education at the tender age of 15. While still in college, he was ordained a Baptist minister then graduated from Moorehead College in 1948, and he continued to preach powerful, inspiring sermons. He desired to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a pastor, so he enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary.

When he met Coretta Scott, he knew right away she was the one for him. They were married and lived in Boston while he finished his Ph.D at Boston University. There he saw black and white people living and working together more freely.

Influenced by Jesus, Gandhi, and Thoreau

As he was greatly motivated by Jesus, he was also influenced by Mohandas Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau. Through Gandhi’s demonstration of peaceful protesting, he saw that it was possible to cause the changes he wanted to see without violence. If people came together, America would change.


He led peaceful protests and marches for racial equality. One of the most noted marches was Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. Thousands both black and white traveled to Selma to participate in the march.  Tension was high and protesters were attacked by state troopers with tear gas and night sticks, but they marched on. As they proceeded toward Montgomery, they came upon a bridge and faced a wall of state troopers. Dr. King led the way and could clearly see that if they moved forward, they would surely meet with violence and resistance, so he encouraged them to turn back and try again later. In the meantime, the number of participators grew, and President Johnson stepped in to help the march do well. The 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery took 5 days. With nearly 25,000 marchers, they were able to successfully hand the petition for equal voting rights to Governor George Wallace.

An Appointed Leader

Because of his leadership and encouragement many freedoms were gained for African-Americans. The Civil Rights Movement grew, and people listened to the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He and Coretta led marches against poverty, he met with President Kennedy, and he was elected into the fellowship of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a hero and changed the lives of many Americans.

Young Readers

Young readers can learn all about Dr. King in the book All About Martin Luther King, Jr. by Todd Outcalt.  They will read details about his life’sAll About Martin Luther King, Jr. achievements, and how he overcame the obstacles that were ever before him. Illustrations and timelines are also included to enrich their knowledge of this great icon of the 20th century.  

For the Teachers

Teachers Guides are included. You can click on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s cover and receive the guide for educational materials.

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The content of this blog was taken from All About Martin Luther King, Jr by Todd Outcalt and was compiled by Ginger Bock.

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Crossword Puzzle Books Offer Endless Fun

How much do you know about the various states? Let’s see with these crossword puzzle books published by Blue River Press. You will have loads of fun challenging your knowledge of some pretty amazing states in the U.S. with these outrageously amusing crossword puzzle books. Whether you live in one of the states, want to visit that part of the country, or just enjoy testing yourself on how much you really know about a certain state, these books are great to play when you are traveling or just relaxing. Our crossword puzzle books offer endless fun. Let’s take a look together at what Blue River Press has to offer you in entertaining crosswords.

Colorado Crosswords

By Dale Ratermann

Even if you know a lot about Colorado, this book could open you to some new facts and fresh information about the Centennial state. Get your pencil and get ready to start!

Florida Crosswords

By Dale Ratermann and H.W. Kondras

The sunshine state is known for amusement parks, everglades, beaches, and of course, sunshine. Check out this is collection of historical shorts, pictures, word finds, and crossword puzzles.

Illinois Crosswords

By Dale Ratermann and H.W. Kondras

What type of wildlife abides in Illinois? What movies have been made there? What is Famous Illini? What type of festivals take place in the Prairie state? You will find the answers to those question and much more trivia in Illinois Crosswords.

Indiana Crosswords, 3rd Edition

By H.W. Kondras

Hoosiers love their basketball, football, and all types of sports. This trivia book is filled with fun facts on famous people who hailed from Indiana, the festivals that take place throughout the state, the types of animals that wander in the woods and byways of Indiana, some infamous crimes, not to mention the Indy 500 Race. Filled with so much information on attractions, parks, and sports teams, this book is sure to entertain you for hours.

Kentucky CrosswordsKentucky Crosswords

By Dale Ratermann

Did you know that Muhammed Ali once lived in Kentucky? There are other famous people who once made their homes in the Bluegrass state. The brainteasers in this crossword puzzle book cover fun facts and photos about landmarks, history, bourbon distilleries, and bluegrass music.

Michigan Crosswords, 2nd Edition

By Dale Ratermann

What lakes makes up the Great Lakes? Have you ever tip toed through the tulips in Michigan? Well, in this crossword puzzle book, you can learn all about the Wolverine state from the people who made it famous to the home of the automotive industries.

Ohio Crosswords, 3rd EditionOhio Crosswords, 3rd Edition

By Dale Ratermann

Six U.S. presidents and a legendary golfer all came from this state, if you are a fan of the Buckeye state, you probably already know who they are. With so many attractions, Ohio is a great state to live in and to visit, and Ohio Crosswords, 3rd Edition will offer up hours of trivia fun.

Pennsylvania CrosswordsPennsylvania Crosswords

By Dale Ratermann

This book is rich with Pennsylvania history and fun ways to test your familiarity with the numerous facts about the Keystone State. Sit back and enjoy the maps, photos, and word searches. This is a great addition to your library whether you live in Pennsylvania or just love the beauty of this historical state.

Texas Crosswords, 2nd Edition

By Dale Ratermann and Lana Bandy

You’ve heard that everything is big in Texas, well, everything is big in this Texas crossword puzzle book.  Find out how much you know about the Lone Star state as you have fun with word searches, historical facts, sports, trivia, photos, and puzzles.

With maps, photos, games, puzzles, and trivia, the Crosswords make great gifts for friends, family, and yourself! You can purchase a copy today! Just click on the title and the link will take you to the book.


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