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Dr. Martin Luther King was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. In a time where segregation and discrimination were the norm, Dr. King sought to find equality for fellow African Americans, and for all.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired people around the world with his message of peaceful resistance and racial equality. Dr. King, himself, was greatly influenced by the success of Mahatma Ghandi's nonviolent protests in India. The dream of Dr. King lives on in those who continue to work for racial equality, in heroes like Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela, Malika Sanders, and Marian Wright Edelman.

In 1964, at the age of 35, Dr. King became the youngest man ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Four years later, on April 4th, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. But his dream did not die and his call for equal rights for all has been heard around the world.

What follows are quotes from visitors and heroes who consider Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. their hero...


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by Feature 2003

Malika Sanders is a voting activist striving for racial equality.


"August 28th [2003] marks the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington. This anniversary spotlights an event that served as a catalyst of the issues we are still faced with today. Issues of militarism, voting rights and reparation."

Moses Farmer,Global Kids Leader from New York


“Listening to excerpts from his powerful speech against the Vietnam war meant a lot to me. It made me think about the current war in Afghanistan, where the use of violence has been justified as a means towards peace."

Marian Wright Edeleman, renowned lawyer,author,and children's rights advocate


“That I, a young black girl, could be and do anything, that race and gender are shadows, and character, self-discipline, determination, attitude and will are the substance of life.”

Nick Campbell of Juneau, Alaska


“My hero is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because Llewellyn, Reece and I could not be friends if Dr. King didn't stand up for himself and the whole world.”

Ly from San Jose, California


“He has taught us that we are all equal in every way, no matter what color of skin we have. He enlightened the people with his bravery to stand up for what he believed in."


Collette from San Jose, California


"He is a hero because of his motto to not give up; for the dream he had that helped his people (blacks) and for his ability to use nonviolence to get what he wants. He was a great man who stood up for what he believed in."

Kaitlin from Montvale


"While fighting for equality between the races, he helped Americans realize their intolerance. He was a social reformer, an author, a receiver of numerous awards, a parent, and a leader. He fought for justice and freedom for Americans of African descent."

Yuhan from Montvale


"Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of impressive moralistic presence who devoted his life in the crusade for equality for the poor, disadvantaged, and racially oppressed in the United States."

Rev. Rosemary Bray Mc Natt, renowned author, editor, and minister


"Before the car drove away, he turned and looked out the window, right into my eyes. He smiled and waved, and so did I. I can still remember that smile, still feel it, though it was more than 35 years ago. Later, Dr. King led a march on downtown Chicago, a march that my whole family attended, dressed in our Sunday clothes. It was my first protest march, though definitely not my last."



Written by Feature 2003
Last changed on: 6/26/2013 11:54:55 AM

The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.


Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Clayborne Carson

Embracing the Dream: Celebrating Martin Luther King''s Legacy in America Today
by A project of The Working Group

I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr., James M. Washington (Editor), James Melvin Washington (Editor), Foreword by Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King
by Rosemary L. Bray

Martin''s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers
by Christine King Farris

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
by Drew D. Hansen
 

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