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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The son and grandson of prominent African American ministers, each of whom bequeathed a legacy of activism in the cause of black civil rights, Martin Luther King, Jr., born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, was the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. By the end of his brief life, he had also emerged as an unsparing critic of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and a champion of America's poor of all colors. Throughout his life, King remained committed to nonviolent direct action as a means of effecting social change."

Kaster, G. L. (2018). King, Martin Luther Jr. In S. Bronner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American studies. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Image credit: Rowland Scherman - National Archives and Records Administration (NAID) 542069.     

MLK Day of Service

"The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities."

Find more information at AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service Page.


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