Martin Luther King Jr.

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Full Name Martin Luther King Jr.
Age 91 Years Old
Nick Name M.L.K.
Gender Male
Famous As Political Pundit
Birth Date January 15th, 1929
Birth Place Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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An American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968 is named as Martin Luther King, Jr. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Tragically, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He is celebrated as a symbol of freedom and inspiration for people around the world. His I Have a Dream speech in 1963 in Washington DC has played a great role in removing racism and bringing freedom and jobs.

Pence's shocking use of Martin Luther King's words

On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Vice President Mike Pence shockingly invoked a line from the civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech to build support for President Donald Trump's proposed deal on the border wall. Asking legislators to agree to Trump's proposal of spending $5.7 billion on a border wall along with a temporary extension of the DACA program(that Trump dismantled), Pence said, quoting King, on CBS' "Face the Nation," "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." He compared King's belief in using the legislative process to solve social problems to what the President is trying to do. The "I Have a Dream" speech continues to resonate to this day as one of the most important symbols of a civil rights movement that was committed to ending social injustice and dismantling policies that enabled the inhumane treatment of people living in the United States and all around the globe.

What was the cause of death of Martin Luther King Jr.?

On 4th April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. left this world in Memphis. He was shot by James Earl Ray Lorraine Motel’s second floor’s balcony. Later, he died after chest surgery at the St. Joseph’s Hospital. 

Early Life, Family Background, Birthday, Education, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born as Michael King Jr. on 15th January 1929 in Atlanta in the state of Georgia. His father’s name is Martin Luther King Sr. and his mother’s name is Alberta Williams King. He has African-American ethnicity and he also belongs to Irish ethnic background from his great-grandfather side. His nationality is American. His Zodiac sign is Capricorn. His other early life background such as siblings details and more will be updated soon. 

Talking about his education, he went to Booker T. Washington High School. Afterward, he joined Morehouse College. He graduated from there with a degree in B.A. in sociology at the age of 19. Later, he attended Crozer Theological Seminary and completed his B. Div. degree from there in 1951. Then, he also completed his Ph.D. degree from Boston University in 1955.

Height, Weight and Other Body Measurement

Martin is a very handsome person. He still looks very young. He has a very charming smile attracting a lot of people towards him. He has an average body build. He has a tall height of 5 feet 7 inches. Similarly, he weighed around 69 kg. While his eyes were brown, he had black eyes. His other body measurement will be updated soon.

How Martin Luther Began His Career?

  • In the year 1955, after his studies, he led the Montgomery bus boycott that lasted for 385 days.
  • It was a protest against multiple arrests of African-American people for not giving up bus seats to white people.
  • He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from January 1957. 
  • In the year1961, he was part of Albany Movement in Georgia as part of SCLC. 
  • He opted out of the alternative to paying fine of $178. Rather, he went to jail for 45 days as punishment for protesting.
  • In the year 1963, he fought for economic justice and racial equality being part of SCLC’s Birmingham campaign in Alabama. 
  • He also led several other SCLC’s campaigns like St. Augustine Movement, Selma to Montgomery Marches, and others.
  • In the year 1963, he led the most-remembered march to Washington DC which took place on August 28, 1963, and it fought for freedom and jobs.
  • He gave an iconic speech named, I Have a Dream that he gave in front of around 250,000 civil right supporters.
  • He served as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference until his death from 1957 to 1968. 
  • Later, he also led the Chicago Open Housing Movement in 1966, the Poor People’s Campaign in the year 1968.

Marital Status, Affairs, Children's

Martin Luther King Jr. was a married person. He was married to Coretta Scott King. On 30th January 2006, she died because of Ovarian Cancer. They were married for around a decade and a half. They exchanged the marital vows on 18th June 1953. The wedding ceremony happened on the lawn of Coretta’s mother’s house. 

Talking about their children, they had four children named Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King, and Dexter Scott King. Yolanda King was born on November 17, 1955, and she advocated for human right before she died on May 15, 2007. Martin Luther King III was born on October 23, 1957. He is a human right activist. He got married to Andrea Waters King in 2006. And Dexter was born on January 30, 1961. Bernice King was born on March 28, 1963, and she is a minister. 

Who is Coretta Scott King?

Coretta Scott King was an activist and an author. 

Net Worth, Salary and Source of Income

His estimated net worth is $250 Thousand. His exact salary has not been revealed yet but there is no doubt in the mind of his follower that he was earning a considerable amount of salary. His major source of income is from his as Baptist minister, humanitarian, activist, and leader career.