People We Love: The Late Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr

We chose Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr as our Person We Love this week because we are inspired by his messages of hope and belief in ourselves no matter our background in life.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King is remembered for his non-violent protests against segregation and his “I Have a Dream” speech.
He was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Baptist minister, and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s.

Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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