1929 - 1968
Civil rights provocateur.
Southern clergyman who became the spiritual center of the nonviolent struggle against segregation and for equality among the races. He was a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and helped to organize the massive March on Washington in 1963, where he delivered his famous rabble-rousing "I Have A Dream" speech. Dr. King was also instumental in bringing the 1965 Voting Rights Act to passage.
Assassinated. Also received the Nobel Peace Prize and galvanized a nation with his nonviolent and unwavering drive to forge peace and racial equality.