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Tuesday, January 15, 1929. :   Civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, is born.

     Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He became a Baptist minister, and African American civil rights activist. In his fight for civil rights, he organised and led marches for desegregation, fair hiring, the right of African Americans to vote, and other basic civil rights. Most of these rights were successfully enacted later into United States law with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Martin Luther King's life was tragically cut short when he was shot in the neck by a rifle bullet in Memphis, Tennessee, on 4 April 1968. James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. But while King's life was taken from him prematurely, his legacy lives on in the equal rights now enjoyed by millions of African-Americans in the USA.


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Thought For Today
Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight.
Proverbs 17:27 (c) GNB
Wise people look often and say little. They are a rock when the storms of life come. They know that they know what they know.

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