Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4. 1968)

An activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964) because he taught people to fight with words not fists.  Other Awards he received were the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumously) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumously).

Martian Luther King was loved all over the world He was best known for his deliverance of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 where he shared his dreams and filled them with hope.  By 1964 the “White Only” signs came down and the Civil Rights Act abolished segregation.  In 1983 Martin Luther King Day holiday was signed into law to be the third Monday in January.  This year it is Monday, January 18th.

This is Martin’s Big Words, adapted from a book by Doreen Rappaport and Illustrated by Bryan Collier.