Martin Luther King, Jr. facts

January 21, 2008 1:38:08 PM PST
Some facts about the milestones in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lifeBirth: January 15, 1929
Death: April 4, 1968
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Known for:
  • Leading the civil rights movement in the United States
  • Advocating nonviolent protest against segregation and racial discrimination
  • Milestones:

  • 1954 Selected as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1955 Received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University
  • 1955-1956 Led a successful effort to desegregate Montgomery, Alabama, buses
  • 1957 Helped found and served as the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • 1958 Published Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
  • 1963 Wrote 'Letter from Birmingham Jail,' arguing that it was his moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws
  • 1963 Delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech to civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Won the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1965 Organized a mass march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that created national support for federal voting-rights legislation
  • 1968 Was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Quote: 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.' August, 1963, in a speech to civil rights supporters at the March on Washington.

    Source: MLK Online

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