Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the years since his assassination on April 4, 1968, as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King Jr. has evolved from a prominent civil rights leader into the symbol of the civil rights movement in the United States. He is studied by schoolchildren of all backgrounds; his words are quoted by the powerless and the powerful, by anyone who has a dream to make her or his life better, to better the nation, or the world. Monuments have been dedicated in his honor and institutions such as the Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta that bears his name have been established to carry on his work. In 1986, the U.S....

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  • Born

    • January 15, 1929
  • Died

    • April 04, 1968
  • Occupation

    Civil rights activist
  • Other Occupations

    • Nobel laureate;
    • President (Organization);
    • Public speaker;
    • Writer;
    • Baptist clergy
  • Nationality

    American
  • Other Names

    • King, Michael Luther, Jr.
  • Gender

    Male

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