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Martin luther king Jr

19 Oct

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Title : Martin Luther king Jr 

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolentcivil disobedience based on his Christianbeliefs. 

King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (theAlbany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. 

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to includepoverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam”. 

In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he wasassassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. Allegations that James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing King, had been framed or acted in concert with government agents persisted for decades after the shooting. 

King was posthumously awarded thePresidential Medal of Freedom and theCongressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on theNational Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

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6 responses to “Martin luther king Jr

  1. Sherri Of Palm Springs

    October 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Colin, I have always loved your art and these wonderful black and white sketches or drawings are awesome… just love them

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    • collinaclarke

      October 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Many thanks for that Sherri. I just had the idea of presenting these great men in this black history month.

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    • collinaclarke

      October 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Many thanks for realigning my work as well Sherri!

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    • collinaclarke

      December 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Many thanks!

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  2. Sherri Of Palm Springs

    October 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherri's Sharing and commented:
    wonderful Collin!!!

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  3. aquacompass7

    October 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther king jr.

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