Martin Luther King, Jr., considered the most influential leader of the modern civil rights movement, continues to inspire generations even decades after his death. His staunch message of nonviolence and civil disobedience motivated thousands of protests and boycotts, leading up to his 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Reverend King went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combatting racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was planning a national occupation of Washington D.C. to be called the Poor People's Campaign when he was tragically assassinated in 1968.
Today, we recognize Dr. King and his countless contributions every January on the national holiday established for him in 1986.