Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a clergyman, activist, and humanitarian. He was a Baptist minister and a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He used nonviolent civil disobedience to further his cause.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King Jr. in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father changed both of their names in the mid 1930s. Martin Jr. had an older sister and a younger brother. He liked to sing and became a junior choir member in his church. Despite early doubts, his faith grew and he later decided to enter the seminary. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was part of the debate team and became an assistant manager of a newspaper delivery station in 1942 at just 13. He next attended Morehouse College. In 1948 he graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in sociology and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary. In 1951, he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity.
King married Coretta Scott in 1953 in Alabama. They had four children. In 1954, King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1955.
As a civil rights activist he led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He led the 1962 Albany Movement against segregation. He helped organize 1963 nonviolent protests in Alabama. Also in 1963, he helped organize the March on Washington. Here he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1965, he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches. Later work included his opposition to poverty and the Vietnam War.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. After his death, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday in 1986. Streets have been named after him and many memorials have been established. His legacy is lasting and many awards and honors have given his life and work recognition. Be inspired! Have a bright day!