Martin Luther King, Jr

One of the most prominent leaders in the Civil Rights movement

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. He spent his life in Georgia, growing up alongside family and many Sundays in the church where his father was a pastor. Martin studied sociology, theology, and earned his doctorate. 

Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, MLK participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The Greensboro sit-ins, and organized protests in Birmingham, Alabama, among other notable events. In the spring of 1968, a labor strike by Memphis sanitation workers (garbage collectors) drew MLK to his last protest.  During his visit to Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) was assassinated. Coretta Scott King, a musician, civil rights advocate, and MLK’s wife and 42,000 people marched in protest through Memphis.

MLK’s activism changed the world for African-Americans. His contributions are still felt to this very day. His movement is an inspiration for many of those that followed and many protests that are happening today.

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