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Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.
First transmitted in 1961, Martin Luther King talks about his childhood experiences and the incidents that led to the Montgomery bus boycott. These events shaped King's life and led to him becoming a national figurehead and civil rights leader. He is questioned on whether he feels fear or loneliness in his position, as well as his own feelings on his adequacy as a leader of the civil rights movement in America.
There are brilliant moments in human history and magical moments in our lives, when our perception of the world is crystal clear and "time" itself seems to stand still! When these events occur, we remember exactly where we were and what was transpiring around us! On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. created an electrifying and spectacular moment in human history when he delivered his internationally famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Considered to be the best speech of the 20th century, it echoed throughout the entire world and continues to reverberate through time and the soul of humanity today!
Follow the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses animation, music, and narration to share Martin's vision for the world and his powerful legacy of non-violence and equality for all people
Listen to African Americans discuss the impact of Malcolm X on race relations. Meet Judge Frank Johnson, who Governor Wallace called an ‘integratin', carpetbaggin', scalawaggin' boldfaced liar’ for desegregating Alabama's schools, parks, libraries, and state police force. Explore Dr. King's wide-ranging legacy, from the United Farm Workers to diverse black leaders of today.