Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
Occupation: Civil Rights Leader
Born: January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA
Died: April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN
Best known for: Advancing the Civil Rights Movement and his “I Have a Dream” speech
King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
There are over 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He is often referred to by his initials MLK.