Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent civil rights leader and Baptist minister.  In a nonviolent protest of segregation in the 1950s, he spearheaded a disciplined and successful bus boycott that lasted 382 days.  In 1957, Dr. King founded and became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), where he continued to promote nonviolent civil disobedience.  In 1963, he led more than 250,000 people on a peaceful march on Washington, D.C., and delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.  At age 35, he became the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize.  King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968 at age 39.

 

 

 

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This Day in Black History: Nov. 7, 1972

Barbara Jordan and Andrew Young were elected to Congress on Nov. 7, 1972, becoming the first Blacks in Congress since Reconstruction.

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A national holiday is declared in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

This Day in Black History: Oct. 14, 1964

On Oct. 14, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the civil rights movement at age 35, making him the youngest person to receive the honor.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 15, 1963

On Sept. 15, 1963, four Black girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, after a member of the Ku Klux Klan detonated a bomb.
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