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Martin Luther King Jr.

(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)

 
 
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Inscription.  The son of a Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. was the second of three children. In 1939, he sang with his church choir at the premiere of Gone with the Wind. His non-violent leadership for civil rights and racial equality transformed the United States and brought media coverage to the issue. During the 13 years of his activism, he faced violence and death repeatedly, as opponents of integration sought to project their entrenched position at all costs. When his life was ended at age 39 by an assassin's bullet, he had become a symbol of peaceful protest against bigotry and indifference. His influence on struggles for equality continues to extend throughout the world long after his death.

1944
King graduated from high school at 15 years old and entered Morehouse College. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1948. He went on to also receive a Bachelor of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy.

1954
King became a pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama, when he was only 25 years old.

1955
After Rosa Parks refused to give up her
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seat on a Montgomery city bus, King led a 381-day bus boycott during which he was arrested and his house was bombed.

1957
King co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to mobilize African-American churches in civil rights reform.

Watershed Moment
1963

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a lifelong leader of the American civil rights movement, became known as one of America's greatest orators after his "I Have a Dream" speech. On August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the single largest gathering of protestors in Washington, D.C., at the time. He began his speech with written remarks, but in a burst of impromptu inspiration he included the memorable phrases built around the powerful "I have a dream."

1964
King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was honored for his leadership of the non-violent movement to end racial injustice in the United States.

1965
King moved his family to Chicago to spread his message. He faced more death threats and more violence than he had seen in the South.
 
Location. 39° 46.016′ N, 86° 9.364′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is
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at the intersection of East Washington Street and South Pennsylvania Street, on the left when traveling west on East Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West East Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington St. Historic Buildings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Merchants National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); West Washington Street (about 500 feet away); German Newspapers’ Demise (about 500 feet away); Circle Theatre (about 600 feet away); Indianapolis - City of Indiana (about 600 feet away); Francis Marion, 1732-1795 (about 600 feet away); L. S. Ayres & Company Department Store Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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