Jan. 17, 2022

January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr, was born

January 15, 1929 is Martin Luther King Jr Day, Martin Luther King was an activist and Baptist minister who played a major role in the civil rights movement from the 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
King was the leader and spokesman for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, Birmingham campaign in 1963, and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about landmark legislation like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
King heavily influenced by non violent protests in other parts of the world, King was catapulted in to the national spotlight as an proponent of organized, nonviolent resistance.
The national spotlight made King a target, January 30, 1956 his house was firebombed, September 20, 1958 he was stabbed by Izola Curry, before being assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray.
King's legacy is as a Icon of the Civil Rights movement and as a proponent for the economically disadvantaged. For this work, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honored with a Federal Holiday (Martin Luther King Day) since 1986.
*Fun Fact, Martin Luther King was born Michael, In 1934, Ebenezer sent Michael King Sr, to Europe for a Baptist World Alliance meeting. King toured the birthplace of Martin Luther leader of the Protestant Reformation. When he returned to Atlanta, King Sr, decided to change his name and his son's from Michael to Martin Luther, after the German Protestant leader.