Martin Luther King Jr. was the most widely known African-American leader of his era, whose life remains controversial as well.
A visionary leader who was deeply committed to achieving social justice through nonviolent means. Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s life had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States.
His life and work have been honored with a national holiday, schools and public buildings named after him, and a memorial on Independence Mall in Washington, D.C.