Today, January 21, 2013 is a national holiday in the U.S. honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is my tribute to a world leader known for his struggle to ensure that people are treated humanely. Many people are aware of Dr. King and contributions to the United States and the world. Therefore, the words in this post are short, but the meaning long.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the United States Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. King is a national icon in the history of equal rights in the United States.
A Baptist minister, Dr. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Undoubtedly, Dr. King was a staunch leader for the civil rights of black Americans and this is his legacy.
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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