The minister peacefully delivered his message of racial inequality until he was assassinated in 1968.

Few people have changed the course of history quite like Baptist minister and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. King was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and as he grew up he became pained by the inequality and injustice he saw in the way black men and women were treated in the United States. So he set out to make a lasting, worthwhile change.

King was famous for his nonviolent approach to activism, believing that he could get his message across through the power of spoken word and peaceful demonstration. King is famous for so many things, but perhaps the most memorable are the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and the March on Washington in 1963, where he delivered his famed “I Have A Dream” speech.

King went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and he fiercely and peacefully fought against racial inequality until his death in 1968, when he was assassinated after stepping out onto a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.

One of King’s best qualities was his ability to deliver a rousing, inspiring speech. His speeches were filled with moving quotes about the power of love, speaking your truth and dreaming big dreams that have transcended generations. 


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