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He was a christian minister and activist who led a groundbreaking civil rights movement - and gave african americans the courage to speak up against injustice but martin luther king jr's life. Martin luther king jr, was an american pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the african-american civil rights movement he is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights. Assassination of martin luther king, jr: assassination of martin luther king, jr, mortal shooting of the rev martin luther king, jr, the most prominent leader of the american civil rights movement, on april 4, 1968, in memphis, tennessee. The minister and nobel peace prize winner martin luther king jr (1929-1968) originated the use of nonviolent methods within the civil rights movement he was one of the most important african american leaders of his time martin luther king jr was born on january 15, 1929, in atlanta, georgia. Human rights activist and leader 1927- 2006 coretta scott king was one of the most influential women leaders in our world prepared by her family, education, and personality for a life committed to social justice and peace, she entered the world stage in 1955 as wife of the reverend dr martin luther king, jr and as a leading participant in the american civil rights movement.
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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. Martin luther king, jr was one of the twentieth century's best-known advocates for nonviolent social change born in atlanta, georgia, king's exceptional oratorical skills and personal courage first attracted national attention in 1955, when he and other civil rights activists were arrested after leading a boycott of a montgomery, alabama, transportation company which required nonwhites. 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 king sought.
Life, legacy and liberating work of dr martin luther king, jr, an african american baptist minister, orator, humanitarian, activist, civil rights leader and writer : in the short span of 39 years, dr martin luther king, jr—the son and grandson of african american baptist preachers—became a pivotal leader of the civil rights movement. As the leader of the nonviolent civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, martin luther king jr traversed the country in his quest for freedom his involvement in the movement began during the bus boycotts of 1955 and was ended by an assassin's bullet in 1968 as the unquestioned leader of the. Today we honor the life and legacy of dr martin luther king, jr, civil rights activist and champion of human rights, justice and equality his powerful words continue to inspire, teach and shape individuals in the us and around the world the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the.
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Martin luther king's i have a dream speech had a defining influence on the history of the united states find out about the story of his life. American clergyman and civil-rights activist martin luther king jr in chicago, 1966 to his right is wyatt tee walker, executive director of sclc (southern christian leadership conference) this. Facts, information and articles about dr martin luther king jr, a prominent figure in black history dr martin luther king jr facts born january 15, 1929, atlanta, georgia died april 4, 1968, memphis, tennessee spouse coretta scott king accomplishments leader of african american civil rights leader nobel peace prize (1964) presidential medal of freedom (1977. The misappropriation of martin luther king, jr isn't just about how we remember the past, it's about how we respond to the activists of our day in my meager ministry of racial reconciliation in the church, i have encountered many of the same objections conservatives had to the civil rights movement of 50 years ago.