Martin Luther King Jr. Biography

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Quick Facts Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrated Name Martin Luther King Jr.
Age 90 Years
Nick Name M.L.K.
Birth Name Michael King Jr.
Birth Date 1929-01-15
Gender Male
Profession Political Pundit
Place Of Birth Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American, Irish
High School Booker T. Washington High School
College / University Morehouse College / Boston University
Educational Qualification B. A. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology
Father Martin Luther King Sr.
Mother Alberta Williams King
Siblings Two
Brothers Alfred Daniel Williams King
Sisters Christine King Farris
Marital Status Married (Before Assassination)
Wife Coretta Scott (M. 1953)
Children Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King and Dexter Scott King
Height 5 feet 7 inches
Weight 69 Kg
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Cause Of Death Assassination
Death Date 1968-04-04
Title Won Presidential Medal of Freedom
Net Worth $250 Thousand
Religion Christianity
Place Of Death Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Horoscope Capricorn
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968.

Best Known For

  • Civil rights movement
  • Peace movement
  • His "I Have a Dream" speech.

Gossip and Rumors

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at 39 years old in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.

Early Life of Martin Luther King Jr. M

artin Luther King Jr. was born as Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. He was born in Atlanta in the state of Georgia. His father’s name is Martin Luther King Sr. Similarly, his mother’s name is Alberta Williams King. He has African-American ethnicity. Additionally, he also belongs to Irish ethnic background from his great-grandfather side.

His father supported his since his childhood. Since his early life, he was good in public speaking.

For his education, he went to Booker T. Washington High School. Afterward, he joined Morehouse College. He graduated from there with a degree in B.A. in sociology at the age of 19.

Later, he attended Crozer Theological Seminary and completed his B. Div. degree from there in 1951. Then, he also completed his Ph.D. degree from Boston University in 1955.

Career of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King has been an activist his whole life fighting for racial equality. In 1955 after his studies, he led the Montgomery bus boycott that lasted for 385 days.

It was a protest against multiple arrests of African-American people for not giving up bus seats to white people.

From January 1957, he led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Mostly, it worked for freedom and jobs. Through multiple non-violent protest and marches, the group garnished a lot of support from civil right supporters.

In 1961, he was part of Albany Movement in Georgia as part of SCLC. He opted out of the alternative to paying fine of $178. Rather, he went to jail for 45 days as punishment for protesting.

In 1963, he fought for economic justice and racial equality being part of SCLC’s Birmingham campaign in Alabama. Additionally, he also led several other SCLC’s campaigns like St. Augustine Movement, Selma to Montgomery Marches, and others.

Prior, in 1963, he led the most-remembered march to Washington DC. It took place on August 28, 1963, and it fought for freedom and jobs.

He gave an iconic speech named, I Have a Dream that he gave in front of around 250,000 civil right supporters.

From 1957 to 1968, he served as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference until his death. Later, he also led the Chicago Open Housing Movement in 1966, the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, and others.

Awards and Achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded at least fifty honorary degrees from colleges and universities. He became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in the U.S. Similarly, he was awarded the American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee for his "exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty. Furthermore, He was posthumously awarded a President Medal of Freedman and a Congressional Gold Medal and so on.

In addition, Martin Luther King Jr. day was established in 1971 and it became a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets around the United States have been named in his honor. The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial on the national mall was opened and dedicated in 2011.

Net Worth of Martin Luther King Jr.

There was no track of record of his net worth and salary. But according to celebrity net worth, his estimated net worth is $250 Thousand as an American Baptist minister, humanitarian, activist, and leader.

Cause of Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sadly on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, he was shot by James Earl Ray Lorraine Motel’s second floor’s balcony. Later, he died after chest surgery at the St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Personal Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a married man until he was assassinated. He was in a marital relationship with Coretta Scott King. Coretta was an activist and an author. Unfortunately, she died on January 30, 2006, of Ovarian Cancer. They were married for around a decade and a half. They exchanged the marital vows on June 18, 1953. The wedding ceremony happened on the lawn of Coretta’s mother’s house.

Together, they had four children. They were Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King, and Dexter Scott King. Yolanda King was born on November 17, 1955, and she advocated for human right before she died on May 15, 2007. Martin Luther King III was born on October 23, 1957. He is a human right activist. He got married to Andrea Waters King in 2006. And Dexter was born on January 30, 1961. Bernice King was born on March 28, 1963, and she is a minister.

Body Measurements of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King had an average height. Moreover, it was around 5 feet 7 inches. Similarly, he weighed around 69 kg. While his eyes were brown, he had black eyes.

Did You Know?

  • Won Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964.
  • Was stabbed in 1958 while promoting his book, "Stride Toward Freedom".
  • Became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1960.
  • Earned Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1955.
  • Pictured on a 15ยข US commemorative postage stamp in the Black Heritage USA series, issued 13 January 1979.
  • Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" (1963).
  • Among his personal, non-violent reform heroes was Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948).
  • At age thirty-five,He was the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace prize.This record was surpassed by Betty Williams in 1977 who was thirty-three.
  • During the funeral, his casket was pulled by a mule-driven cart down Atlanta's main street.
  • On King's 60th birthday in 1988, the U.S. government unveiled a statue memorial of his likeness, to commemorate the progress of civil rights.

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