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 spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing 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 27,199,740 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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How to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day from home
The third Monday in January has returned to remind us of the legacy of one of our nation's greatest civil rights leaders at a time when we need it most.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federally recognized day of service, traditionally observed with n…
Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy demands truth before unity
Contemplating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the wake of a White riot at the US Capitol, historian Peniel Joseph says the violence of January 6 reminds us that King's warnings about racism's dangers to American democracy continue in our own time.…
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The Words of Martin Luther King Jr. Reverberate in a Tumultuous Time
Dr. King’s speeches have particular resonance today amid a year of sickness and death, Black Lives Matter protests and the storming of the Capitol.
Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through reflecting on our history and volunteering our time to help our communities. At Google, we see his enormous contributions and his impact on the fight for equality as reflected in Americans’…

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Among social activists, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 10 out of 544. Before 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 15,968. Before 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).