Martin luther king jr (january 15, 1929 – april 4, 1968) was an american baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Dr martin luther king childhood the youth of martin luther king jr born on january 15, 1929 in atlanta, georgia, martin luther king jr was born of reverend martin luther king, sr and his mother, alberta williams king, who was also a reverend. Martin luther king jr dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the united states the third monday in january marks martin luther king day, a us holiday that honors king’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. King's father was born michael king, and martin luther king, jr, was originally named michael king, jr, until the family traveled to europe in 1934 and visited germany his father soon changed both of their names to martin in honor of the german protestant leader martin luther[4. Early life and education martin luther king jr as a boy martin luther king junior was born the middle child to michael king sr and alberta williams king, on january 15, 1929 in atlanta, georgia.
Martin luther king jr was born on january 15th, 1929, the second child of alberta and michael luther king sr although he was named michael, (michael was also his father’s name), at age 6, his father decided to rename michael jr and himself martin jr and martin respectively. The words of martin luther king jr changed the life of a street kid in a kenyan slum : goats and soda kennedy odede was living on the streets, getting into fights he was looking for hope and he. Early life of martin luther king, jr martin luther king, jr, was born michael luther king, jr, in atlanta, georgia, on january 15, 1929 his father, in a 1957 interview, said that both he and his son were supposed to be named for the leader of the protestant reformation but misunderstandings led to michael being the name on birth records. The movement produced scores of men and women who risked their lives to secure a more just and inclusive society, but the name martin luther king, jr, stands out among them all.
Martin luther king, jr was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s he led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including african americans he hoped that america and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person's civil rights. Martin luther king jr early life: martin luther king jr was born on january 15, 1929, in atlanta to michael king sr and alberta williams king his parents were rooted in rural georgia and grandfather was a rural minister who moved to atlanta in 1893 king’s parents got married after an eight-year courtship and the newlywed to his. Martin luther king, jr (january 15, 1929 – april 4, 1968) was an american pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the african-american civil rights movement he was best known for improving civil rights by using nonviolent civil disobedience , based on his christian beliefs. Martin luther king, jr was a social activist and baptist minister who played a key role in the american civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. 1929-1968 martin luther king, jr was one of the most important and significant african americans of all time but his greatness of stature is best measured by his impact on all americans, and indeed the entire global community in support of humanitarianism, universal dignity for all people, and nonviolent courageous action for positive social change.
Early life january 15, 1929, king was born in atlanta, georgia his birth name was michael his father, a reverend, was also named michael during a trip to nazi germany to attend a baptist conference, king's father changed both their names to martin luther to honor the german reformer of the same name. While the man who would assassinate him the next day was holed up in the new rebel motel, hundreds of people were filtering into mason temple, in memphis, tennessee, to hear martin luther king jr. Martin luther king, jr, original name michael king, jr, (born january 15, 1929, atlanta, georgia, us—died april 4, 1968, memphis, tennessee), baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the united states from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. Introduction early life martin luther king, jr, was born in atlanta, georgia, on january 15, 1929 his father, martin, sr, was the pastor of the ebenezer baptist. Martin luther king jr, was an american pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the african-american civil rights movement he is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights.
Martin luther king dreamt that all inhabitants of the united states would be judged by their personal qualities and not by the color of their skin in april 1968 he was murdered by a white racist four years earlier, he had received the peace prize for his nonviolent campaign against racism. Dr martin luther king, jr's birth home still stands in atlanta, georgia king experienced racial prejudice early in life segregation was both law and custom in the south and other parts of america. Martin luther king jr was born in atlanta, georgia on january 15th, 1929 he was a pivotal advocate for african americans during the civil rights movement in the united states king experienced racism from an early age, and those events stayed with and eventually brought him to a life of activism. Martin luther king jr's name was originally michael king jr but he was renamed to martin luther king jr in homage to the german theologian martin luther we must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Born in atlanta, georgia, martin luther king was the son of a baptist minister, martin senior, and a schoolteacher, alberta williams king king grew up in the african-american business district of. Today we celebrate the life and legacy of martin luther king jr, baptist minister, nobel laureate, and civil rights activist who dedicated his life working tirelessly for peace, social justice. The public life of martin luther king jr began in the early 1950s with the boycott of public transport in montgomery, alabama at the time, he was only 26 years old, but he had transfixed america with his simple, eloquent indictment of segregation in the south. Martin luther king jr was born in 1929 in atlanta, georgia king, a baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the united states, beginning in the mid.
The martin luther king, jr research and education institute search form search navigation menu main menu chapter 1: early years of course i was religious i grew up in the church i guess the same thing would apply to my mental life i have always been somewhat precocious, both physically and mentally so it seems that from a. Martin luther king, jr (january 15, 1929 – april 4, 1968), was an american clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the african-american civil rights movement his main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the united states and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today. An evangelical appreciation and critique of martin luther king, jr birth, early life, education martin luther king, jr was born in atlanta, georgia in 1929 to a middle-class family known for its christian ministers king’s father represented the third generation to heed the call in fact, king’s father was born michael king, but.