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King, Martin Luther Jr.
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(Jan 15, 1929, Atlanta, GA – Apr 4, 1968, Memphis, TN). The Afro-American Baptist theologian Martin Luther King Jr. was the most prominent representative of the American civil rights movement. Following his ordination (1948) and theological studies, in 1954 he became a pastor in Montgomery, AL, where he became the spokesman of the non-violent protest movement against racial discrimination (Racism) in buses (1955/1956). From 1955 to 1965 he campaigned for racial integration in the southern United States. He was assistant pastor in Atlanta from 1960 onward, wrote the L…

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Grosse, Heinrich, “King, Martin Luther Jr.”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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