Martin Luther King, Jr. was a minister and a leader of the Civil Rights movement who advocated a non-violent form of protest. He helped to organize some of the most famous marches in the Civil Rights Movement: the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his “I have a dream” speech and the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. In 1964, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Each year America honors Dr. King with a holiday in his honor on the third Monday in January. This year, Martin Luther King Day falls on January 16th. Learn more about Dr. King on our page of links.