Today in History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the most popular American civil rights leaders until his assassination in 1968.

Luther was an African American church leader and a son of early civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Sr.

He advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through nonviolence and civil disobedience.

Inspired by his Christian beliefs, he led a nonviolent resistance against discrimination of non-Whites.

Luther King also led marches for the right to vote by all, irrespective of skin color or religion. He also led marches against desegregation based on race or gender. Labor rights and other civil rights were not excluded.

He was one of the leaders of the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

We are proud to honor his legacy and the many ways his influence and inspiration are felt all over the world. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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