Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., shown at his desk with a copy about the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi (nee Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), whose teachings on civil disobedience was the cornerstone for King's Civil Rights movement.
January 15, 1929
Best Known For:
Civil Rights Activism; Nobel Peace Prize Winner; March On Washington; 'I Have A Dream' speech
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This year marks the 25th anniversary for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is celebrated in 50 states and over 100 countries around the world.
There are 125 schools and 770 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States.
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PHOTOS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
The Life of Martin L. King Jr.
- "Man of the Year," by 'Time' Magazine (1963)
- John F. Kennedy Award, from the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago (1964)
- Nobel Prize (1964)
- The Rosa L. Parks award, presented by The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, posthumously (1968)
- Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights, presented by the Jamaican Government, posthumously (1968)
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."
"A Genuine leader is a not a seeker of consensus but a molder of consensus."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' "
"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. The movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. This devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.
Dr. King’s concept of “somebodiness,” which symbolized the celebration of human worth and the conquest of subjugation, gave black and poor people hope and a sense of dignity. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action, and his strategies for rational and non-destructive social change, galvanized the conscience of this nation and reordered its priorities. His wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life are intertwined with the American experience. (http://www.thekingcenter.org/DrMLKingJr/)