On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, L'OFFICIEL celebrates the legacy of the civil rights movement leader and racial equality advocate, which is carried on today by Martin Luther King III and his other children. The Morehouse College graduate was a diligent fighter for people of color in America during a time when segregation and racism ran rampant. King believed in a nonviolent approach to advancing the civil and fundamental rights of marginalized groups. At the onset of his career, King presented himself as a well-equipped leader, and soon the entire country knew his name. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March on Washington in 1963, King devoted his life to building a better future for Black people across America. He was arrested while protesting against the ill-treatment of his people in Birmingham, Alabama, and was subject to many brutal attacks of racist Americans, but still, he persisted. In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to combatting racism in a productive, yet nonviolent manner. Despite the heartwrenching occurrences of past months, King’s hard work has not been forgotten. It is a constant reminder that America must do better.
What is often left out of King’s triumphant story, is his similarly amazing family. In 1953, King married Coretta Scott, a woman he met during his time pursuing a doctorate at Boston University. Together, they had four children, Yolanda, Dexter, Bernice, and Martin Luther King III. All of King's children decidedly followed in their father’s footsteps and committed their lives to activism. It is this continued work that brings King’s legacy such unending longevity. In a moment when America is divided, it is crucial to recognize that there are still so many people working towards change. Join L'OFFICIEL in celebrating how King’s children encompass his fierce desire for racial equality.
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