Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the son of early civil rights activist Martin Luther King Sr. King participated in and led marches for blacks' right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and later became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. As president of the SCLC, he led the unsuccessful Albany Movement in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize some of the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
|Born:||Michael King Jr, January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Died:||April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Assassination by gunshot|
|Resting place:||Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park|
|Children:||Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, Bernice|
|Occupation:||Baptist minister, activist|
|Known for:||Civil rights movement, Peace movement|
|IMDb:||Martin Luther King Jr.'s IMDb|
About Martin Luther King Jr.
African-American Civil Rights Movement leader and clergyman who used civil disobedience to combat institutionalized racism. He is remembered best for his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech," which he gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Martin Luther King Jr. Before Fame
At age 25, he became the pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama.
Achievement of Martin Luther King Jr.
He helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and he led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped end racial segregation on the public transit systems.
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Life
He married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 in Heiberger, Alabama. He had two sons, Dexter and Martin III, and two daughters, Yolanda and Bernice.
Associations of Martin Luther King Jr.
He traveled to India in April 1959 after being inspired by the nonviolent protests of Mahatma Gandhi.
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