Martin Luther King, Jr.

About The KING

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

He was Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was Assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.


"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."

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combatting racial inequality through nonviolence.

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The penultimate chapter of King's life was set in Memphis.

In February of 1963, King was immersed in organizing his poor people's campaign. He planned to bring three thousand impoverished Americans from all backgrounds and races to the nation's capital. In 1968, Memphis workers walked a picket line with signs that stated "I am a man." This was their way of saying if you recognize my union, you recognize me.

"I have a dream that children will one day not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."