Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps one of the worlds most known Baptist minister and activists.
His legacy of nonviolent protests and civil disobedience in the face of racism and opression won him the Nobel Peace Prize, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal. But more importantly than any metal or awards he garnered, his vision and tireless commitment to combatting racism with love and peace has left a legacy that still makes waves to this very day.
King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. (1899–1984) and Alberta Williams King (1904–1974). King’s legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son’s names. King’s parents were both African-American, and he also had Irish ancestry through his paternal great-grandfather.
We will always salute Mr. King on Martin Luther King day in America.