MLK/Martin Luther King Jr Biography

MLK/Martin Luther King Jr Biography

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

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“But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King - Mini Biography
Martin Luther King - Mini Biography

Martin Luther King - Mini Biography (TV-14; 04:39) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites.


Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Gallery: Martin Luther King Jr.'s casket being carried through streets on a mule-drawn wagon in Atlanta, April 9th, 1968.
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