Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century America's most compelling and effective Civil Rights leaders entered the civil rights movement in 1955.
Dr. King desired to obtain equal rights for all and this was shown by him doing all he could to make people realize that "all men are created equal."
Dr. King advocated nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice and a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized Sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the youngest person to ever receive this high honor. He followed in his grandfather and father footsteps into the ministry to become a Baptist minister. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968 at the age of 39, as he stood on the balcony of his hotel. On Monday, January 20, 1986, in cities and towns across the country, people celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American.
The Purpose of Education - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excerpted from Morehouse College Student Paper, 1947 Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.