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Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man Who Fought for Civil Rights



Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He was born Michael Luther King Jr. on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, and later had his name changed to Martin. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. He won the prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.