Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Matters More Than Ever

In April 1968, barely three months after his 39th birthday, January 15, 1968, Nobel Peace Prize winner, minister, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee.

And every year since 1986, the nation has had a three-day U.S. Federal holiday weekend because of him. But has the meaning been lost on us? What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do for the nation? For the world? Here’s a reminder, it’s especially poignant given the current state of politics and the nation’s Zeitgeist. These are the achievements of a humble man born of a minister and choir teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.