Dr martin luther king, jr (1929-1968), nobel peace prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century's most influential figures. Dr martin luther king, jr's less than thirteen years of nonviolent leadership ended abruptly and tragically on april 4th, 1968, when he was assassinated at the lorraine motel in memphis, tennessee dr king's body was returned to his hometown of atlanta, georgia, where his funeral ceremony was. Dr martin luther king addressing the press in 1964 an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind martin luther king, jr's impact and legacy was not limited to the us, but was worldwide, including influencing the struggle against apartheid in south africa. As such, martin luther king jr is the only native born united states citizen to have a national holiday in his honor (note: while washington was born in virginia, obviously the united states did i'll end this post with the following quote from the great dr martin luther king jr on non-violent resistance.
Martin luther king, jr silence , words , end , friends , remember the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The martin luther king papers project addressed the issue in volume ii of the papers of martin luther king, jr (and reproduced a statement therefrom in the faq on their web site). Dr king had endured many death threats from racists for most of his ministry people evil enough to blow up little girls in a birmingham church would have no compunction about murdering the undisputed leader of the 1960s civil rights movement even if he was committed to nonviolence it is almost as if. Dr king's legacy impacted many our future depends on keeping the same spirit of change and hope alive together, we can make a far bigger impact and shape our country's legacy in the mold that dr king provided.
3 and that is something that i must say to my pbople who ~tand on the worn threshold whieh leads into the palace of justice in the process of gaining our rightful place. Martin luther king, jr was a social activist and baptist minister who played a key role in the american civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. About dr 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 area where dr king was entombed is located on freedom plaza and surrounded by the freedom hall complex of the martin luther king, jr center for nonviolent social change, inc the martin luther king, jr historic site, a 23 acre area was listed as a national historic landmark on may 5, 1977, and was made a national historic site on october.
Martin luther king jr was a baptist minister and a leader of the american civil-rights movement he was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1964 for employing nonviolent civil disobedience to. King's delivery of the speech on august 28, 1963, from the steps of the lincoln memorial during the march on washington for jobs and freedom, was a defining moment of the american civil rights. 28, 1963, photo, dr martin luther king jr, gives his famous i have a dream speech in front of the lincoln memorial during the march on washington actor-singer sammy davis jr is at bottom right the speech has been cited as an expression of america's essential ideals, its language suggestive of a. Martin luther king's education began at a very early age his mother was a school teacher who taught the young mlk to read before he even entered school in 1955 mlk became dr martin luther king when he earned his phd on theology from boston university.
Teach students about dr martin luther king jr and his nonviolent fight for civil rights in the united states with these resources african american black history month civil rights civil rights movement content area reading historic figures martin luther king day winter. Dr alveda c king, niece of dr martin luther king, jr, affirms that her uncle was a republican during his lifetime. A young martin luther king jr king carried these suspicions with him when he entered morehouse college in atlanta at the age of fifteen he had originally planned on being a doctor or lawyer. Dr martin luther king, jr delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at mason temple in memphis, tn on april 3, 1968 — the day before he was assassinated license to reproduce this speech granted by intellectual properties management, 1579-f monroe drive, suite 235.
The rev martin luther king jr stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the lorraine motel in memphis on april 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. Dr king's assassination background: on april 4, 1968, martin luther king, jr was assassinated by a sniper's bullet while standing on the second-floor balcony of his room at the lorraine motel in memphis, tennessee. Civil rights leader dr martin luther king, jr, born in atlanta, georgia, in 1929, dedicated his life to achieving equality and justice for all americans believing that a peaceful refusal to obey unjust laws was the best way to bring combat racism and bring about social change during his memorable but.
Dr martin luther king jr library a collaboration of san josé state university and san josé public library system. Martin luther king jr was born in atlanta, georgia on january 15th, 1929 he was a pivotal advocate for african americans during the civil rights movement in the united states king experienced racism from an early age, and those events stayed with and eventually brought him to a life of activism. This is an audio recording of dr martin luther king jr giving the i have a dream speech during the civil rights rally on the steps at the lincoln memorial in washington dc on august 28, 1963. Martin luther king, jr, was born michael luther king, jr, in atlanta, georgia, on january 15, 1929 his father, in a 1957 interview, said that both he and his son were supposed to be named for the leader of the protestant reformation but misunderstandings led to michael being the name on birth records.