Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Activist, was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Known for his attempts to promote equality among the human race, he was ostracized by his family for not wanting to pursue a career as a merchant. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.” He gave people a new perspective about life and liberty.