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Remembering civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on 89th anniversary of his birth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born on January 15, 1929, was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. A Baptist minister, King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dreamspeech.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is accompanied by his wife, Coretta Scott King, as he appears at a press conference on the occasion of the release of his book “Why We Can’t Wait,” in New York , on June 8, 1964. (AP Photo)

In 1964, King became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. On April 4, 1968, the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Malcolm X smile for photographers in Washington March 26, 1964. They shook hands after King announced plans for direct action protests if Southern senators filibuster against civil rights bill. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)

source: dailynews

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