Sunday, February 8, 2015

Black History Month 2015: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister. He was also an social activist. One of the most well known civil right leaders of the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until 1968 when he was assassinated. King was about peaceful protest while seeking equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was pivotal in movement such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, and the march from Selma to Montgomery, these events helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. 

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