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King, Martin Luther Jr.

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Author(s): Grosse, Heinrich
[German Version] (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…