Martin Luther King Quotes

Civil Rights Activist, Minister (1929–1968)

Biography

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia 10 years before the Second World War began. He died aged 39 when assassinated by James Earl Ray.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fierce civil rights activist and a prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. His brand of activism was non violent but through his stirring oratory he inspired people to demand change. His now infamous "I have a dream speech" is one of history's most renowned speech's.

Back in 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. In 1962, and in conjunction with the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful campaign against segregation in Albany, Georgia. A year later he was a key player in the non violent protests in Birmingham, Alabama and then later that year helped organise the march on Washington which is where he delivered that now infamous speech.

All of this work meant that King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for the work he had done combating racial inequality through non violence. Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize, King's activism work only increased. In 1965 he helped organise the Selma to Montgomery marches, and then a year later he and the SCLC took the campaign to Chicago. As well fighting for racial equality, King also campaigned to help those suffering from extreme poverty and spoke out against the Vietnam War.

On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated sparking mass riots across many U.S. cities.

King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and his work still impacts people today.

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An Inspiration To Generations

We couldn't put it better than Barack Obama who said "When you are talking about Dr. King's speech at the March on Washington, you're talking about one of the maybe five greatest speeches in American history. And the words that he spoke at that particular moment, with so much at stake, and the way in which he captured the hopes and dreams of an entire generation I think is unmatched"

- Barack Obama Bio Wikipedia YouTube

King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize). The youngest ever to win the Peace prize today is Malala Yousafzai who won it in 2014 at the age of 17.

King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize). The youngest ever to win the Peace prize today is Malala Yousafzai who won it in 2014 at the age of 17.

BIRTH NAME
Michael Luther King, Jr.

BORN

Jan 15 1929

DIED

Apr 4 1968 (aged 39)

CAUSE OF DEATH

Assassination

MOTHER

Alberta (Williams) King

FATHER

Michael "Martin" Luther King, Sr.
Baptist minister

CHILDREN

4

AWARDS

3

Wikipedia

I HAVE A DREAM. AUGUST 28, 1963

King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

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