"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA. He was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.
Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
In April 1968, King was assassinated. He continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."