Today in Legal History: Martin Luther King Jr. Born

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929.  Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both preachers, Dr. King obtained his theological degree from Crozer Seminary in Pennsylvania and his doctorate at Boston University.


Dr. King was bombed, jailed, and wiretapped as a result of his civil rights activities.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the youngest recipient at thirty-five years old.  He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  In 1983, Congress passed legislation making Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday.  The holiday is celebrated the third Monday in January.

More information is available at:

  • Alan Westin, The Trial of Martin Luther King, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1974 Law Library 4th Floor @KF224 K56 W48
  • Gerold Frank, An American Death: the True Story of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Greatest Manhunt of our Time, Doubleday, 1972 Law Library 3rd Floor @E185.97 K5F7
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