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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Born in Atlanta Georgia, January 15th,1929 ; Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.  Dr. King was a Baptist minister, an author and a leader in the American civil rights struggle.  In 1964 (the year this photo was taken), Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.  He was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Peace Prize.  At the time of his death in 1968, he was a leader in the movement to end the war in Vietnam.

Dr. King’s most famous speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  While it is difficult to find the text of the speech online (because of copyright issues), you can listen to the speech thanks to the Internet Archive.

Dr. King spoke in Tallahassee (at Bethel Baptist Church) on May 14th, 1959 at a meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  In his remarks, he called for President Eisenhower to “saturate the south with federal agents”  and suggested that the United Nations review the situation in the southern states.  (The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Volume V: Threshold of a New Decade, January 1959-December 1960)

In the US, a national holiday was established honoring Dr. King.  It’s observed on third Monday of January each year.  This year, MLK day is being observed on January 19th.  President Elect Obama has called for a “National Day of Service” on the 19th to honor the memory of Dr. King.

Volunteer projects can be found in every corner of the country including several here in Tallahassee.  To learn more about the National Day of Service and to find a service opportunity in your neighborhood, click here.

You can listen to a recording of my MLK day podcast from 2007 by clicking here.

Photo circa 1964 – Herman Hiller, New York World-Telegram & Sun – Released into the public doman by the original copyright owner.  Source – Wikimedia.

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3 Comments

  1. The picture above, ooks like martin luther king has a ghost behind him.
    CREEEEEPY!! :O
    Maybe its like a sign he was going to die,yo.

  2. I think that the shadow has more to do with photographic technology, depth of field and ASA than anything supernatural. In any case, he died way too young and his death was a great loss to our country.

  3. Its just the picture ,Duhhh

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