● Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the biggest names of the Civil Rights Movement. Born January 15, 1929, King was a preacher and activist that pushed nonviolence methodology against White violence and discrimination. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and helped organize the March on Washington where the famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered in 1963. October 14, 1964, King won a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial equality through nonviolence. In 1965, he assisted in organizing Selma to Montgomery marches that were met with extreme violence. After years of working for civil rights, he began expanding his topics to poverty, war, and capitalism. King had been arrested during his protests several times, always returning to fight again. King found himself under heavy FBI surveillance and was assassinated April 4, 1968 at 39 years old in Memphis, Tennessee. His legacy lives on, January 15 was declared Martin Luther King Day as well as memorials in several cities across America.