MLK was a hero and an important part of America's history. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also a husband, father, pastor, activist, humanatarian and leader in the civil rights movement. MLK was a Baptist minister who early in career became a civil rights activist:
1955 led the Montgomery Bus Boycott
1957 founded the (SCLC) Southern Christian Leadership Conference and serving as its first president
1962 organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama
1963 organized the March on Washington where he delivered his famous speech "I Have a Dream"
1964 received the Nobel Peace Prize for opposing racial inequality through nonviolence
1965 helped organize, with the help of the SCLC, the Selma to Montgomery marches
1966 took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing
However, in 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. MLK was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Although Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was established in many cities and states beginning in 1971, it did not become a U.S. federal holiday until 1986.
MLK a famous person in history
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