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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 Christian minister, activist, and political philosopher who was one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. A Black church leader and a son of early civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Sr., King advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through the use of nonviolent resistance and nonviolent civil disobedience against Jim Crow laws and other forms of legalized discrimination. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Luther King Jr. has received more than 44,961,763 page views. His biography is available in 157 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 155 in 2019). Martin Luther King Jr. is the 10th most popular social activist, the 58th most popular biography from United States (down from 50th 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 538Before him are Malcolm X, Jan Hus, Rosa Luxemburg, Mother Teresa, Henry Dunant, and Eleanor Roosevelt. After him are Helen Keller, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Jean-Paul Marat, Aung San Suu Kyi, Claus von Stauffenberg, and Guy Fawkes.

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Among people born in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 5Before him are Grace Kelly, Anne Frank, Yasser Arafat, and Audrey Hepburn. After him are Bud Spencer, Milan Kundera, Lev Yashin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jürgen Habermas, Sergio Leone, and Imre Kertész. Among people deceased in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 2Before him is Yuri Gagarin. After him are Helen Keller, Marcel Duchamp, Lise Meitner, Padre Pio, John Steinbeck, Otto Hahn, Robert F. Kennedy, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Lev Landau, and Trygve Lie.

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Among people born in United States, Martin Luther King Jr. ranks 58 out of 18,182Before him are Clint Eastwood (1930), Jack London (1876), Charles Manson (1934), John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928), Louis Armstrong (1901), and Maria Callas (1923). After him are James Stewart (1908), George H. W. Bush (1924), Robert Frost (1874), Donald Trump (1946), Toni Morrison (1931), and Charles Lindbergh (1902).

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), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Harriet Tubman (1820), Angela Davis (1944), Jane Addams (1860), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), Bugsy Siegel (1906), and Susan B. Anthony (1820).