Martin Luther King Jr.
Do you have a dream?
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist from Atlanta, Georgia, who became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that a man should be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.
Join hundreds of thousands of proud Americans as Washington D.C. unveils the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall on October 16, 2011. Come see Dr. King before, during, or after your visit to the newest DC Memorial. At Madame Tussauds DC, you can read, recite and listen to his famous "I Have A Dream" speech and have your photo standing next to the powerful civil rights leader.
On October 16th, we will rise to the opportunity to reflect on a man who changed a nation with nonviolent social change and ideas rooted in freedom, opportunity, and justice. We invite you to witness history and participate in all of Washington D.C.’s unique opportunities while investigating the connections among the Civil War, civil rights, and who we are as Americans.
- 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. was born
- 1953: Became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1955: Gained his PhD from Boston University. Lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks was forced to give her seat to a white man
- 1956: Racial segregation ended on Montgomery buses
- 1963: Gave his " I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- 1964: The Civil Rights Act passed, ending public segregations of blacks and whites. Won the Nobel Peace Prize
- 1965: Organized the Selma to Montgomery marches which were broken up by police brutality
- 1968: Assasinated in Memphis by James Earl Ray
- 2011: Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes the first non-president to have a memorial erected in his honor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.