Martin Luther King Jr. was a black American who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the mid-1950s. Besides being a Baptist Clergyman, he was one of the prominent voices in the campaign against racial segregation and injustice facing the ethnic minority in the United States.
MLK Jr. as fondly called was born on January 15, 1929, into a deeply religious family. His grandfather was a rural minister for years and his father MLK Sr. became the Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church upon the death of his father-in-law in 1931. The King children were raised in a very loving and secure environment where their disciplinarian father instilled in them a zero tolerance for racial prejudice and class superiority. This left a big impression on Martin Luther King Jr. and would go on to propel him into a prominent life of social activism.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Among other things, he was reputable for his use of non-violence and civil disobedience in the struggle for equal rights which was greatly influenced by the works of Gandhi of India. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Birmingham Campaign and the historic Washington March which attracted over 200,000 participators and became notable for his ‘I Have A Dream‘ speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39.
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