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Dr. Martin Luther King is one of the most significant leaders in U.S. history.  He was a man who lived —and died— for the bold realization of our Country's founding edict, that all men are created equal.


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"Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

— MLK, 1963



Martin Luther King Jr., "The Peaceful Warrior"
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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. "


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The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D. was a Nobel Laureate, Baptist Minister and African-American civil rights activist. He is one of the most significant leaders in U.S. history and in the modern history of nonviolence, and is considered a hero, peacemaker and martyr by many people around the world

In 1954, King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a leader of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, which began when Rosa Parks refused to cede her seat to a white person. Dr. King was arrested during this campaign, which ended with a United States Supreme Court decision outlawing racial segregation on intrastate buses.

King was an adherent of the philosophies of nonviolent civil disobedience used successfully in India by Mohandas Ghandi.  King correctly identified that organized, non-violent protest against the racist system of Southern separation known as Jim Crow, when violently attacked by racist authorities and covered extensively by the media, would create a wave of pro-Civil Rights public opinion, and this was the key relationship which brought Civil Rights to the forefront of American politics in the early 1960s.

King is perhaps most famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech,
during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

He organized and led marches for the right to vote, desegregation, fair hiring, and other basic civil rights. Most of these rights were later successfully enacted into United States law with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

King wrote and spoke frequently, drawing on his long experience as a preacher. His "Letter from Birmingham Jail", written in 1963, is a passionate statement of his crusade for justice. On October 14, 1964, King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading non-violent resistance to end racial prejudice in the United States.

Since his death, King's reputation has grown to become one of the most revered names in American history to the point where he is compared with Abraham Lincoln. Supporters of this idea remark that both were leaders credited with strongly advancing human rights against poor odds in a nation divided against itself on the issue - and were assassinated in part for it.

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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King — Words we live by:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
" We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions—bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities."
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. "
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. "
"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. "




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