Today, many around the nation will gather to celebrate the late, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 84th Birthday.
He may be remembered as the most-iconic African-American figure of all time. The clergyman, activist, and Civil Rights Movement leader managed to impact race relations during one of the most-turbulent periods in America.
Following in the footsteps of his father, in February 1948, at the age of 19, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry and was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In 1954, he accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he was an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the nonviolent resistance and arrest of Rosa Parks.
He resigned this position in 1959 to move back to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
From 1960 until his death in 1968, he also served as co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dr. King was arrested 30 times for his participation in civil rights activities.
Dr. King was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and died on April 4, 1968.
He had gone to Memphis to help lead sanitation workers in a protest against low wages and intolerable working conditions.
January 21, will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.