Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and activist who became a leader of the civil rights movement. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, King stressed nonviolence and civil disobedience as a means to end racial discrimination. In 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. King expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the war in Vietnam. In 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Ray. His death was followed by riots across the country. In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King.
Quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
This Martin Luther King, Jr. history mug is part of our African American History series which includes many of the unique individuals who played an important part in molding America’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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