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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Michael King, Jr.
January 15, 1929
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
April 4, 1968 (aged 39)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Morehouse College (B.A.)
Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D.)
Boston University (Ph.D.)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Benjamin Mays, Hosea Williams, Bayard Rustin, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Leo Tolstoy
African-American Civil Rights Movement, Peace movement
Baptist (Progressive National Baptist Convention)
Coretta Scott King (m. 1953–68)
Yolanda Denise-King (deceased)
Martin Luther King III
Dexter Scott King
Bernice Albertine King
Martin Luther King, Sr.
Alberta Williams King
Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous), Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
Martin Luther King, Jr. named Michael King at birth (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963...