Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He earned his doctorate in Theology from Boston University, which is why we call him Dr. King. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi inspired him to carry on a tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience. In 1963, he led the March on Washington where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
In 1964, at age 35, he became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination. He gave his prize money to further the civil rights movement. That same year, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law -> “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination.”
Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is noted as one of the greatest orators of US history and is a true American hero.
One of my favorite quotes, which I live by:
- “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Drexelius Chocolates appreciates the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King. How to honor him? Share love with those we meet. Wrap your arms around understanding and patience. And enjoy delicious chocolate while you’re at it 🙂
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