Today in History: Martin Luther King, Jr. is born


On the 15th of January 1929, the world-famous pastor and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Originally Michael King at birth, his father would later change his name to honour Martin Luther, the famous German theologian whose ideas would pave the way for the Protestant Reformation.    

In his lifetime, Martin Luther King, Jr. would go on to become a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement within the United States, a movement which set out to abolish racial discrimination.

Some of his most well-known accomplishments include his leading of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the fifties (as a result of the well-known African-American, Rosa Parks, refusing to vacate her seat for a white person), the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which would advocate civil disobedience through non-violent methods, as well as his world-renowned “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington DC in 1963.

King was assassinated in August of 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel, around which the National Civil Rights Museum stands today.   


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