Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Betsy G. Reyneau
National Archives and Records Administration

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA, on Tuesday, January 15th in 1929, becoming a national icon in the civil rights movement in America and around the world—including my native South Africa during apartheid. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4th in 1968 when he was just 39 years old.

Since 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed as a federal holiday in America on the third Monday in January. WBJC’s Booknotes this month honors the man and his words. You can listen to the podcast and read poetry inspiring by him by clicking on the link below.


Honoring MLK on Booknotes

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