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Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Submitted by on January 18, 2010 – 1:00 pm10 Comments

Preacher. Activist. Doer. Revolutionary. Man.

Today in the United States (and worldwide) we celebrate what would have been the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (the national holiday is observed the Monday after his January 15 birthday).

The last official portrait taken of the entire family: from left are Dexter King, Yolanda King (standing next to MLK), Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King (sitting on Coretta’s lap), Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III.

Armed with non-violent freedom philosophies based on Mahatma Gandhi‘s (he traveled to visit the Gandhi family in India in 1959), Dr. King left a powerful legacy securing progress on civil rights in the U.S. more than any other individual before or after him.

A human rights icon, Dr. King’s efforts to eradicate racism, discrimination and poverty were historic, from major efforts like the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March On Washington to his later stance against the Vietnam War. While his direct influence on our current leader, President Barack Obama, has been debated heavily, it is without question strong and present.

For Dr. King’s full biography, head over to NobelPrize.org (he was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35).

We thank you Dr. King for dedicating your life to the betterment of ALL people and we ask our readers – what does the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mean to you?

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