January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He had an older sister (Willie Christine) and a younger brother (Alfred Daniel).
Dr. King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953. The wedding was held on the lawn of Coretta’s parents with the ceremony performed by Dr. King’s father.
The Kings had four children:
All four children followed in their parents footsteps and became civil rights activists.
Martin Luther King was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Rosa Parks) and helping to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising public consciousness of the civil rights movement and establishing King as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. (more…)