• Ja'Niyah Jackson

Historical Profile: Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, and died April 4, 1968. He is known for his contributions to the American civil rights movement in the 1960's, as a social activist, and as a Baptist minister.

His most famous work is his "I Have a Dream speech," delivered in 1963, in which he spoke of his dream of a United States that is devoid of segregation and racism. King and many others fought to end racial segregation (separate public facilities for blacks and whites) in the Southern United States and discrimination against African Americans.

King led a Civil Rights Movement that focused on non-violent protest. He also changed the world for his children and African Americans. Martin sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

Today, we also have parades for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

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