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It’s Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Today

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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This time January 1929, Martin Luther King Jr, the man who would later fight for the liberation of the black race, and champion their equality, was born.

Read about the legendary human-rights activist and the champion of black-rights and equality as culled from FamousBirthdays:

African-American Civil Rights Movement leader and clergyman who used civil disobedience to combat institutionalized racism. He is remembered best for his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech,” which he gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Before Fame

At age 25, he became the pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama.


He helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and he led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped end racial segregation on the public transit systems.

Family Life

He married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 in Heiberger, Alabama. He had two sons, Dexter and Martin III, and two daughters, Yolanda and Bernice.

Associated With

He traveled to India in April 1959 after being inspired by the nonviolent protests of Mahatma Gandhi.

This content originally appeared on FamousBirthsays.com

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