Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Martin Luther King Jr.
(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)
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.
King became a pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama, when he was only 25 years old.
After Rosa Parks refused to give up her
King co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to mobilize African-American churches in civil rights reform.
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."
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.
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 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.
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