Today across America schools, businesses, churches and families are taking the time to recognize and give respects to one of the great men of our nation … Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was a man who helped our nation to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon.
Although Dr. King passed away years before my birth, I know the freedoms I experienced and the privileges I endured has much thanks to do with is efforts, heart and compassion for his people and the future of his children and this nation.
Each year I like to take a moment out of my day to just thank God for this great man and watch the clip of his speech. Each time I hear I always discover something I didn’t the last time I heard it. I have the clip below if you haven’t heard in a long while.
Here are some fun facts about the man and his life.
- Birth January 15, 1929
- Death April 4, 1968
- Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia
- Known for Leading the civil rights movement in the United States
- Advocating nonviolent protest against segregation and racial discrimination
- Milestones 1954 Selected as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1955 Received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University
- 1955-1956 Led a successful effort to desegregate Montgomery, Alabama, buses
- 1957 Helped found and served as the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
- 1958 Published Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
- 1963 Wrote ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ arguing that it was his moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws
- 1963 Delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- 1964 Won the Nobel Peace Prize
- 1965 Organized a mass march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that created national support for federal voting-rights legislation
- 1968 Was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
- Quote ‘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.’ August, 1963, in a speech to civil rights supporters at the March on Washington.
- Did You Know King’s nonviolent doctrine was strongly influenced by the teachings of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi.
- In 1964, King became the first black American to be honored as Time magazine’s Man of the Year.
- King’s efforts were not limited to securing civil rights; he also spoke out against poverty and the Vietnam War.