Saturday, January 15, 2022

Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights icon


Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American minister and activist. His written works include Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, about the 1955–1956 Montgomery bus boycott; Why We Can't Wait, focusing on the 1963 Birmingham campaign against racial oppression; the Letter from Birmingham Jail, a call for civil disobedience ("Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"); and The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. Notable speeches include "I Have a Dream" and "I've Been to the Mountaintop." He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, four years before his assassination by racist/segregationist James Earl Ray.


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