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About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister and Civil Rights leader who in the latter regard is considered to be one of the most-important figures in American, indeed even in world history. In fact, as of the onset of the 21st century he is the only American to have a national holiday named after him whom himself was not a former President of the nation.
Both his father, Michael King Sr. and maternal grandfather, Adam Daniel Williams, were Christian ministers. His mother’s name was Alberta King, and he had two siblings, Christine and A.D. King. He also had a grandmother (Jennie) whom he was very close to.
Luther King Jr. began attending Morehouse College at the age of 15 and earned his Bachelor’s degree (in sociology) by the age of 19.
He led a number of the most-important Civil Rights events in the history of America, such as the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott.
Luther King Jr. was the inaugural President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – a powerful Civil Rights organization – which was a position he held from early 1957 until his death in 1968.
He is considered to be the leader of the 1963 March on Washington for the procurement of Civil Rights for African-Americans. And while there he gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” discourse, which proved to be one of the most-famous speeches in American history.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Posthumously he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977) and Congressional Gold Medal (along with his wife in 2004).
And as of 2014 it has been estimated that there are nearly 1000 streets throughout the United States which are named in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Luther King Jr. was adept in hymn singing and reciting Scriptures at the age of five and shortly thereafter learned to play piano.
He was well-recognized for his public speaking ability by the time he was in high school.
His father was also an influential leader and engaged in the Civil Rights struggle before he himself took up the mantle.
Although his birth name is Michael, he officially changed it to Martin in 1957.
He had serious beef with the FBI led by J. Edgar Hoover, who secretly recorded and then tried to blackmail him.
He ultimately passed away (on the 4th of April, 1968) via an assassin’s bullet – he was 39-years-old.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Popularity
Martin Luther King Jr. was a famous American activist and minister, who was born on January 15, 1929. As a person born on this date, Martin Luther King Jr. is listed in our database as the 1st most popular celebrity for the day (January 15) and the 2nd most popular for the year (1929).
People born on January 15 fall under the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, the Sea Goat. Martin Luther King Jr. is the 25th most popular Capricorn.
Aside from information specific to Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. is the 183rd most famous American and ranks 2nd in famous people born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
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