Martin Luther King Jr., the greatest Civil Rights leader of all time

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a schoolteacher mother and father who was a pastor.

He became the greatest activist and speaker against segregation of black and white people this country has ever known and he fought for equal rights of all people and the right of all people to vote, because that was part of the American dream.

Video: I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King .Jr HD (subtitled) - posted by Rare Facts on YouTube

He advocated and taught that peaceful protesting was the way to effect change.  His methods were through his hundred's of speeches, writing books, sit-ins and marches through the streets that gained the attention of the whole country in his quest for equality and civil rights for people of color.

He was the catalyst that moved hundreds of thousands of people, black people and white supporters of his peaceful protest movement, to act peacefully for the civil right's of black people - and ultimately of all people -  across the country.

He inspired 250,000 people to march with him and listen to his speech in Washington, D.C. that became known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  This is where he gave his famous "I have a dream" speech

Watch:  MLK's 'I Have a Dream' Speech (history.com) (Scroll down the page to watch the video about his famous speech).

Here are some famous lines from his speech:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

and,

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character".

In 1964 MLK won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership and nonviolent action using his principles of peace.

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