“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too heavy a burden to bear.”
- Born: Michael King Jr. (January 15, 1929 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.)
- Died: April 4, 1968 Memphis, Tennessee (Age 39)
- Spouse: Coretta Scott
- Occupation: Baptist Minister, Activist
- Known For: Civil Rights Movements, Peace Movements
- Awards: Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous), Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who 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. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.
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- Check out more resources and ways to celebrate MLK can be found on these links as well as our official Day of Service opportunity to volunteer.
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