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The Reverend
Martin Luther King Jr.

Portrait of King
King in 1964

1st President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

In officeJanuary 10, 1957 – April 4, 1968

Preceded by

Office established

Succeeded by

Ralph Abernathy

Personal details

Born

Michael King Jr.
January 15, 1929Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Died

April 4, 1968Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Cause of death

Assassination

Resting place

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Nationality

American

Spouse

Coretta Scott

Children

  • Yolanda Denise King
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Dexter Scott King
  • Bernice Albertine King

Parents

  • Martin Luther King Sr.
  • Alberta Williams King

Relatives

  • Christine King Farris
  • Alfred Daniel Williams King
  • Alveda King

Alma mater

  • Morehouse College
  • Crozer Theological Seminary
  • Boston University

Occupation

Minister, activist

Known for

Civil rights movement, Peace movement

Awards

  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Congressional Gold Medal

Monuments

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Signature

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.

King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference . With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

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The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The time is always right to do what is right.

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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

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We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

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A man who won't die for something is not fit to live. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.

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A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

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If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

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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. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

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