Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this day, January 15th, in 1929. He was the pivotal advocate for African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
King experienced racism from an early age, and those events stayed with and eventually brought him to a life of activism. After graduating college with a doctorate degree in Theology, King became a pastor in Alabama. He began a series of peaceful protests in the south that eventually changed many laws dealing with the equality of African-Americans. King gave hundreds of stirring speeches across the country, and in 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On April 4th, 1968, Dr. King was murdered while in Memphis. Although his life ended that day, the work that he had accomplished changed the nation. King will be remembered not only for his commitment to the cause of equality for Black Americans but also for his profoundly moving speeches that touched so many Americans of every race, size, shape or background.
His words were spoken with hope that the future for Black Americans would be brighter and that they would finally, someday, be given the equality they deserved.