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The Life of Martin Luther King

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the U.S., beginning in the mid-1950s. Through his tireless activism, he played a pivotal role ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the U.S. He was assassinated in 1968.

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