My father would be so proud of these four individuals to whom we are all indebted. It is fitting that this celebration falls just two days before we inaugurate our first black president, an occurrence made possible, in part through the work of these honorees, and through the work of my fatherTed Kennedy among King award honorees Dec 15, 2008
I can't speak for God, but I believe there was something for Mr. Obama to do, and he was called to do itSome see hand of God in Obama win Nov 29, 2008
It is powerful and significant on a spiritual level that there is the emergence of Barack Obama 40 years after the passing of Dr. KingSome see hand of God in Obama win Nov 29, 2008
He was a person who worked untiringly to bring about the holidayLloyd Davis, King holiday architect, dead Sep 20, 2007
It's hard to believe that anyone could have such influence on a worldwide level in just 12 yearsDick Gregory to honor MLK in speech Jan 14, 2007
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.