• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist
  • He fought for equal rights for African Americans
  • HERE are 5 facts about his life

What a life Dr. King led. Among other things, he will be remembered as an American hero. He organized and led marches for Blacks' right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights. (How the U.S. Voting Rights Act was won—and why it's under fire today.

Dr. King touched the world like few had before him

On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom became the pinnacle of King's national and international influence.

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Here are 5 facts, about the legendary activist. 1. , His given name at birth was Michael King Jr. 2, He earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. 3, Throughout the civil rights movement, Dr. King went to jail thirty times. 4. , He posthumously won a Grammy in 1971 for best spoken word recording. 5. , Dr. King was a big fan of the sci-fi TV show 'Star Trek.'