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Remembering MLK

By Realty One Group Bold - January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. – A Legacy.

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From 1955 until his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist clergyman and activist who became the most recognizable voice and leader in the American civil rights movement. King, who was renamed after German reformer Martin Luther, advocated for civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, influenced by his Christian convictions and Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent activism. He was the son of Martin Luther King Sr., an early civil rights leader and clergyman.

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King marched for colored people's right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights, leading thousands. King was the driving force behind the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, and he eventually became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He led the unsuccessful Albany Movement in Albany, Georgia, as president of the SCLC, and helped organize part of the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King was a key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where he gave his "I Have a Dream" address on the Lincoln Memorial steps.

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By strategically picking the techniques and locations in which protests were held, the SCLC was able to put nonviolent protest tactics into reality with considerable success. There were several high-profile confrontations with segregationist officials, which occasionally went violent. J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), saw King as a radical and subjected him to the FBI's COINTELPRO program from 1963 onward. FBI operatives probed him for alleged communist affiliations, filmed and reported on his affairs to government officials, and delivered King a threatening anonymous letter in 1964, which he mistook for an attempt to force him to commit suicide.

King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964, for his nonviolent opposition to racial inequality. He assisted in the planning of two of the three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. In his latter years, he broadened his focus to include anti-poverty, anti-capitalism, and anti-Vietnam War sentiments. On April 4, 1968, King was slain in Memphis, Tennessee, while planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C. dubbed the Poor People's Campaign. Following his death, riots erupted in a number of American cities. For decades after the shooting, allegations that James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing King, had been framed or acted in collusion with government operatives remained.

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King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal after his death in 1977 and 2003, respectively. Beginning in 1971, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared a national holiday in towns and states across the United States; in 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making it a federal holiday. Hundreds of streets in the United States have been renamed in his honor, and Washington State's most populous county has been rededicated in his honor. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Today, we honor his memory by observing a day in his name to focus on continuing injustices and striving towards a brighter, better, more equal society. We are ONE planet, ONE people – ONE family.

Text Collected and Paraphrased from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.

Images Collected from https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-life-in-photos/#20

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