Black people have been treated unfairly in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. fought against unfair laws. Learn more about King and how he helped our country and its people.
A Better FutureDONALD UHRBROCK—THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES
King wanted his kids to live in a country where everyone is treated with respect.
Fighting for ChangeFRANCIS MILLER—THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES
King worked with the government to make laws more fair to Black people. He wanted to help Black people sign up to vote.
Marching for GoodGETTY IMAGES
King took part in marches. In 1965, people walked from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. They marched for voting rights.
Giving SpeechesFRANCIS MILLER—THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES
King inspired many with his speeches. His most famous speech is called “I Have a Dream.” He shared his ideas about how all people could live together in peace.
Where in the World?WALTER BIBIKOW—GETTY IMAGES
There is a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. It is near the spot where King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.