Martin Luther King Jr. Biography - United States of America
With an oratorical style that drew directly on the force of the Bible and a serene confidence derived from his nonviolent philosophy, Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated a program of moderation and inclusion.
The grandson and son of Baptist ministers, he helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to organize black churches in conducting nonviolent protests in the service of civil rights reform. From the boycott of Montgomery's segregated buses to his famous
speech during the March on Washington, King was a guiding light during the most crucial years in the civil rights struggle.
"I Have a Dream"
Today, through the efforts of his late wife Corettta Scott King and the legions of others who were inspired by his celebration of human dignity, King’s legacy lives on.
His philosophy of nonviolent direct action sparked the conscience of a generation and led to significant social change that is now woven into the fabric of American life.