Martin Luther King Jr.

1929 - 1968

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Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Luther King Jr. has received more than 32,533,409 page views. His biography is available in 155 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 148 in 2019). Martin Luther King Jr. is the 10th most popular social activist (down from 9th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from United States (down from 33rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Social Activist.

Martin Luther King Jr. is most famous for his role in the civil rights movement, which he lead to fight for equal rights for African Americans.

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Among social activists, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 10 out of 544Before him are Malcolm X, Rosa Luxemburg, Jan Hus, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Henry Dunant. After him are Helen Keller, Guy Fawkes, Jean-Paul Marat, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Rosa Parks, and Claus von Stauffenberg.

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Among people born in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 4Before him are Anne Frank, Audrey Hepburn, and Yasser Arafat. After him are Milan Kundera, Bud Spencer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jürgen Habermas, Sergio Leone, Max von Sydow, Lev Yashin, and Grace Kelly. Among people deceased in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 2Before him is Yuri Gagarin. After him are Marcel Duchamp, Helen Keller, John Steinbeck, Padre Pio, Lise Meitner, Robert F. Kennedy, Otto Hahn, Trygve Lie, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Lev Landau.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 50 out of 15,968Before him are Robert De Niro (1943), Henry Ford (1863), John Wilkes Booth (1838), Janis Joplin (1943), Maria Callas (1923), and Morgan Freeman (1937). After him are Richard Nixon (1913), Al Capone (1899), Louis Armstrong (1901), Kirk Douglas (1916), Warren Buffett (1930), and Jack London (1876).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 3Before him are Malcolm X (1925) and Eleanor Roosevelt (1884). After him are Helen Keller (1880), Rosa Parks (1913), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Jane Addams (1860), Susan B. Anthony (1820), Angela Davis (1944), Bugsy Siegel (1906), and John Brown (1800).