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Martin Luther King Jr.: (1929-1968) Baptist minister in Atlanta, Georgia, leader in the U.S. civil rights movement and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; gave I Have a Dream speech at the 1963 March on Washington; recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize (youngest recipient); assassinated 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee [e]

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  • Civil rights [r]: Rights considered inherent to members of a society, the arbitrary deprivation of which is subject to enforcement action [e]
  • Civil rights movement [r]: In the narrow construction, the U.S. movement to end segregation, beginning with the student lunch-counter sit-ins in the 1950s and ending with the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. In broader construction, the ongoing human rights and liberation movements for full civil rights for African Americans and other racial, ethnic, religious, gender, ability, life-style and other minorities. One of the characteristics of this latter sense is widespread disagreement on what to include in the movement (or exclude from it). [e]

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