The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who spent his life fighting American injustice, was born on January 15, 1929, and after a federal holiday in 1983, his birthday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year.

War

The literary journey following his assassination and the acrimony of King’s vision disappeared as time passed – the civil rights icon attacked the Vietnam War and the uneven American economy at the end of his life.

King concluded that militarism, like poverty, was preventing America from following its ideals.

“I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America,” King told an audience at Riverside Church in New York in 1967. I speak not with anger against this war, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all, with a fervent desire to see our beloved country as the moral example of the world. “

Martin Luther King, JR: Life and Heritage

United States - 1957: Portrait of Rev.  Martin Luther King, jr.  (Photo by Walter Bennett / Life Pictures Collection via Getty Images)

United States – 1957: Portrait of Rev. Martin Luther King, jr. (Photo by Walter Bennett / Life Pictures Collection via Getty Images)

Never

In the spring of 1968, King won the delegation and voting rights and was planning his poor people’s campaign when he drew his attention to the Mississippi River grit Tennessee city of Memphis. In support of the striking sanitation workers, Raja wanted to lead the march and show that non-violent protest is still working.

The father of non-violence was 39 years old in the American Civil Rights Movement when he was assassinated in Memphis on the evening of April 4, 1968, and had already become one of the world’s most famous figures.

The next day, the King’s confidant, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, said: “Tighten your belts and dry your tears. If you love Martin Luther King as you say, help me take you to work.” “

The members of the king’s tight circle barely mourned. They drown in completing his unfinished work, and turn it into a lifelong pledge.

Some went into politics. Some continued to serve the organization that the king led or started. Others returned to the pulpit preaching the gospel of racial liberation.

On the campus of the University of Atlanta (later renamed Clark Atlanta University) to discuss the 'sit-in' protest, American religious and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sat his hands on his knee mid-May, 1960 .  (Photo by Howard) Sochurek / LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

On the campus of the University of Atlanta (later renamed Clark Atlanta University) to discuss the ‘sit-in’ protest, American religious and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sat his hands on his knee mid-May, 1960 . (Photo by Howard) Sochurek / LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Segmentation

King fought as a minister and leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for many progressive issues throughout his life, speaking out against various systemic barriers that held back blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

He The famous “I Have a Dream” speech during March 1963 in Washington called for equality between races.

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The king helped organize the boycott of the Montgomery bus in 1955 Rosa Parks He was arrested for refusing to give up his seat in the city bus.

Four days after Parks was arrested for refusing to give his seat in a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, King instigated a crowd to boycott a bus at Holt Street Baptist Church.

Thousands of people gathered in the church that day in 1955 told that now we go out to live together and keep up with this thing till the end.

A federal court ended racial segregation on Montgomery public buses, elevating King to the national spotlight.

Years later, he stood behind President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned segregation in public places based on race or national origin.

PA News Photo 25/9/64: Dr.  Martin Luther King during a day trip to London.  (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

PA News Photo 25/9/64: Dr. Martin Luther King during a day trip to London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

Are voting

King pushed for a federal civil rights law that was eventually implemented and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

The king’s participation in the 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, in the state capital, Montgomery, raised awareness of the troubles encountered in registering to vote.

Johnson addressed a special session of Congress when marchers were attacked by whitewashed and police, successfully urging lawmakers to pass the Voting Rights Act.

The king gained a lasting influence. By the 1970s and 1980s, the American South had elected thousands of blacks in various offices, while in the 1950s it was almost nonexistent.

Black and Latino alliances broke out in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Houston to elect people of color in local and federal offices – and eventually assisted in the election of the country’s first black president.

Heritage

After the end of his life the king’s progressivism became more radical, and the reaction against him became stronger.

“We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know we will win. But I believe we are integrating into a burning house,” King Said. “I am afraid that America may lose what its moral vision may be … and I fear that as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this country is deeply rooted. There is a need to be concerned with the plight of the poor and the underprivileged. Until we commit ourselves to ensure that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue the anger and violence that tears down the soul of this nation . “

In 1966 Gallup Poll, 63% .of the American public rated King negatively. As of early 1968 Harris poleDied with the icon Public disapproval rating About 75%. After King’s assassination, 31% of Americans reported Gallup He said that “he felt he brought it upon himself.”

However the leader preferred the power of morality rather than the fame of popularity, which has increased in later years, crediting his statement: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it leans towards justice.”

King’s example and his insistence on nonviolent protest continue to influence many activists for civil rights and social change.

His legacy of service and political empowerment has led generations to call the political and social system more action in line with the king’s principles of pacifism and solidarity.