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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther KingAKA Michael Luther King, Jr.

Born: 15-Jan-1929
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Died: 4-Apr-1968
Location of death: Memphis, TN
Cause of death: Assassination
Remains: Buried, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Atlanta, GA

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Religion
Party Affiliation: See Note [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pacifist civil rights activist

Assassinated by James Earl Ray.


[1] It is almost certain that he broke whatever affiliation he had with the Republican Party, inherited via his father, who had gone so far as to endorse Richard M. Nixon. After the nomination of Barry Goldwater for the presidency, King wrote in his Autobiography, "The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of good will viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The best man at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade." Photographs exist of King campaigning for LBJ in 1964.

Father: Michael Luther King, Sr. (pastor, d. 11-Nov-1984)
Mother: Alberta Williams King (schoolteacher)
Sister: Willie Christine King
Brother: Alfred Daniel Williams King
Wife: Coretta Scott King (m. 18-Jun-1953, until his death, d. 2006, two daughters, two sons)
Daughter: Yolanda Denise (b. 17-Nov-1955, d. 15-May-2007)
Son: Martin Luther King III (activist, b. 1957)
Son: Dexter (b. 1961)
Daughter: Bernice Albertine (b. 1963)

    University: Morehouse College (1948)
    Theological: BD, Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, PA (1951)
    University: PhD Systematic Theology, Boston University (1955)

    Spingarn Medal 1957
    Time Person of the Year 1963
    Nobel Peace Prize 10-Dec-1964
    Margaret Sanger Award 1966
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 11-Jul-1977 (posthumous)
    Ebony Columnist (1957-58)
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
    Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    Assassination Attempt 1956
    Assassination Attempt stabbed in Harlem, NY by Izola Ware Curry 20-Sep-1958
    Stabbed
    Shot Memphis, TN (4-Apr-1968)
    Loitering Montgomery, AL 3-Sep-1958
    Tax Evasion allegedly falsified 1956 & 1958 Alabama state income tax returns 17-Feb-1960
    Driving without a License Georgia 4-May-1960
    Civil Disobedience Atlanta, GA 19-Oct-1960, charge dropped
    Violating Probation Atlanta, GA 19-Oct-1960
    Disturbing the Peace Albany, GA 16-Dec-1961
    Disorderly Conduct Albany, GA 27-Jul-1962
    Civil Disobedience (parading without a permit) Birmingham, AL 12-Apr-1963
    Contempt of Court Birmingham, AL 12-Apr-1963
    Civil Disobedience Selma, AL 1-Feb-1965
    Birthday Is Holiday 15-Jan Martin Luther King Day (USA)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Feb-2011) · Himself
    Salute (17-Jul-2008) · Himself
    From the Earth to the Moon (5-Apr-1998) · Himself
    I Am Curious (Yellow) (9-Oct-1967) · Himself

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Martin Luther King

Author of books:
Stride Toward Freedom (1958, nonfiction)
Why We Can't Wait (1964, nonfiction)
Where Do We Go From Here? (1967, nonfiction)


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