MLK Birthday Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan 18
Today is Martin Luther King Jr's (MLK) birthday. The legendary civil rights activist would have been 81 years old. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. MLK's birthday is today, but Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January- this year, MLK Day 2010 on January 18.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually born Michael King Jr: his father changed both his and his son's names in honor of German Protestant leader Martin Luther, who started the Protestant Reformation.
Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up to enter the clergy, and also to lead sweeping civil rights movements in the US during the 1950s and early 1960s, such as teh Montgomery Bus Boycott to end segregation on Alabama public transportation. We all know the "I Have A Dream" speech, but Dr. King's work went much further: that speech was the culmination of a massive march on Washington, DC to demand equal rights for African Americans during a time when only integration was on the set of Star Trek. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace prize in 1964.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot at 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital shortly afterwards.