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Martin Luther King Jr.
Portrait of King
1st President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
In office
January 10, 1957 – April 4, 1968
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byRalph Abernathy
Personal details
Michael King Jr.

January 15, 1929(1929-01-15)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1968(1968-04-04) (aged 39)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Cause of deathGunshot wound
Spouse(s)Coretta Scott (m. 1953–present) «start: (1953-06-18)»"Marriage: Coretta Scott to Martin Luther King Jr." Location: (linkback:
ParentsMartin Luther King Sr.
Alberta Williams King
RelativesChristine King Farris (sister)
Alfred Daniel Williams King (brother)
Alveda King (niece)
EducationMorehouse College (BA)
Crozer Theological Seminary (BDiv)
Boston University (PhD)
OccupationMinister, activist
Known forCivil Rights Movement, Peace movement
AwardsNobel Peace Prize (1964)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous)
Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
MonumentsMartin Luther King Jr. Memorial
This person won a Nobel Prize

Martin Luther King, Jr. (born Michael King, Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He was best known for improving civil rights by using nonviolent civil disobedience, based on his Christian beliefs. Because he was both a Ph.D. and a pastor, King is sometimes called the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (abbreviation: the Rev. Dr. King), or just Dr King. He is also known by his initials MLKview more...

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