A Heroic Life Cut ShortA child prodigy, King entered college at age 15 and was ordained as a minister of the Baptist Church at age 19. He first gained national attention by spearheading the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which led to desegregation of the citys buses in 1956.
In 1963, King organized the March on Washington to support proposed civil rights legislation. In Washington, King delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech. In 1964, King became the youngest man, the second American, and the third black man to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. He is remembered as an American hero continues to inspire people all over the world. Americans recognize King every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday on the third Monday in January (close to Kings birthday on January 15th).
Martin Luther King, Jr. in New York City
- In 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was stabbed by a mentally-unstable woman in Blumsteins Department Store in Harlem. The 29-year-old King was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where doctors performed emergency surgery to remove a steel letter opener.
- In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the largest antiwar demonstration to date in New York City. More than 1,100 people marched with King from Central Park to U.N. headquarters to protest the Vietnam War.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered today in New York with a street named in his honor. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard is an alternative name for Manhattans 125th Street. There is also a Martin Luther King, Jr. High School on Amsterdam Avenue and a Martin Luther King Triangle, a park space in Manhattans Mott Haven neighborhood (Austin Place and East 149th Street).