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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr., a pivotal figure in the American civil rights movement, was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. An advocate of nonviolent protest against racial segregation and discrimination, King became a national icon following his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered during the March on Washington. A Baptist minister and a charismatic orator, he played a critical role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King’s philosophy was heavily influenced by Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Tragically, his life was cut short when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. King’s legacy of fighting for equality and justice continues to inspire movements for social change around the world.

Martin Luther King was his own man. He did not act based on what other people thought or the social norms of the day. He acted based on what he felt was the right thing to do. Not only that, he was successful at it, something that is very rare.

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