Monday, January 21, 2008


(shamelessly lifted from the Brothers Brick)

Name: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dates: 1929-1968


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the primary leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Beginning as a Baptist minister, King led the struggle to end racial injustice, including segregation.

Inspired by his Christian convictions and the non-violent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, King organized acts of civil disobedience, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and the March on Washington in 1963, where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1967, King voiced public opposition to the Vietnam war.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He left behind his wife Coretta Scott King and four children. Mrs. King carried on her husband’s work until her death in 2006.

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