Martin Luther King Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968, was a Baptist minister and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His efforts led to the 1962 march on Washington, where he delivered his “I ┬áHave a Dream” speech. There he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination, through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is now a national holiday.