Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on Jan. 16 this year, is a federally-recognized holiday to celebrate the life of one of America’s most prominent activists and civil rights leaders. Though King was, by many standards, the face of the civil rights movement, he consistently cited the support of his
Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King 09 December 1964 in Oslo where the US clergyman and civil rights leader received 10 December the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history.