Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther was born on January 10, 1957 in Atlanta, GA, where he experianced racial discrimination from a young age.


Martins first taste of activism was in 1946 when he sent a letter to the Atlanta Constitution about equal rights for African Americans. He faced persecution for fighting for civil rights, and even his house was bombed. Martin was named chairman of the SCLC.


Martin Luther was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was also named man of the year in Time Magazine.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site was established in Atlanta in 1980. The Federal Martin Luther King holiday was first celebrated in 1986.