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Civil Rights Legend: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King addresses the crowd at the March on Washington, 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King addresses the crowd at the March on Washington, 1963

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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a baptist minister and a leader of the civil rights movement in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Through "civil disobedience," a form of protest King adopted from Gandhi, Martin Luther King helped bring an end to racial segregation in the United States.

To honor the life of Dr. King, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Monday of January each year.

To understand the life of Dr. King, following are some places that have been touched by his legacy.

Atlanta, Georgia
Alabama
Washington, DC
Memphis, Tennessee

Note that this article merely touches on a few aspects of Dr. King's life. About's guide to American History has a more comprehensive profile on Martin Luther King, Jr..

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