January 07, 2013
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Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, TIME For Kids asked several African Americans to share whom in African-American history inspired them most. Many cited Dr. King himself, including musician Alicia Keys, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and young actress Yara Shahidi. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. King was a Baptist minister and activist who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s to when he was killed in 1968. Click through this slide show to read about other famous African-Americans and whom they inspire.

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