Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential figures in American history for his work advocating for civil disobedience and non-violent protest. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and organized the 1963 March on Washington before being assassinated at the age of 39.

Click here to watch five of the civil rights leader’s most memorable speeches.

Did You Know?

  • You can visit the Martin Luther King National Historical Park where his birth home is located?
  • There is a plaque dedicated to King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his β€œI have a Dream” speech?
  • The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, has exhibitions related to Martin Luther King Jr. and all manners of civil rights movements?

Selected Resources for Additional Learning: Profile

The King Center


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