Civil Rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, are just a few accolades received by the one and only Martin Luther King Jr. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, King was a Baptist minister who rose to fame as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. took a different approach to protest by boycotting in a non-violent manner that brought awareness to segregation laws. Most notably, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to more than 200,000 people during the march on Washington on August 28, 1963.
His influence and actions helped to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1965 which prohibited racial discrimination in voting. We thank Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his positive role in changing the law for a more inclusive and better tomorrow.