“I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr., regarding his legacy
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
- King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the many movements, boycotts, and non-violent protests throughout the south.
- In 1963 he led the March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
- He received the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
The luminary garden dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. can be found at the southeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Streets. We encourage you to take a moment today or this week to walk past, take a minute and reflect on how he was able to achieve greatness through peaceful pursuits.