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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Creator:Bass, S. Jonathan
Title:Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date:2008 Jan. 9

Encyclopedia article about Martin Luther King, Jr., a significant civil rights leader of the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved his most renown and greatest successes in advancing the cause of civil rights while leading a series of highly publicized campaigns in Alabama between 1955 and 1965. During this decade of mass protests against racial injustices, King's words and deeds inspired millions of people throughout the world. In 1964, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the struggle for racial equality. In contrast, others saw King as a polarizing figure whose actions elicited violent reactions. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Fifteen years later, in November 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing the third Monday of every January as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

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Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006 | African American civil rights workers--Alabama--Montgomery | Civil rights workers--Alabama--Montgomery | African American clergy--Alabama--Montgomery | Clergy--Alabama--Montgomery | Passive resistance--Alabama--Montgomery | Nonviolence--Alabama--Montgomery | Direct action--Alabama--Montgomery | Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (Montgomery, Ala.)--Employees | Montgomery Bus Boycott, Montgomery, Ala., 1955-1956 | Civil rights movements--Alabama--Montgomery | Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama--Montgomery | Boycotts--Alabama--Montgomery | Buses--Alabama--Montgomery | Race discrimination--Alabama--Montgomery | Race relations | Montgomery (Ala.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Segregation--Alabama--Montgomery | Segregation in transportation--Alabama--Montgomery | Montgomery Improvement Association | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | United States, Alabama, Montgomeryi, 32.366805, -86.299969 | United States, Alabama, Montgomery County, 32.2202579, -86.2076143 | United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham, 33.5206608, -86.80249 | United States, Alabama, Dallas County, Selma, 32.4073589, -87.0211007 | United States, Alabama, Dallas County, 32.233214, -87.142289
Collection:Encyclopedia of Alabama
Institution:Encyclopedia of Alabama
Contributors:Encyclopedia of Alabama (Project)
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