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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date Issued: 1979-01-13
Postage Value: 15 cents

Commemorative issue
Black Heritage
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A leader with charisma, Martin Luther King, Jr. followed his father into the ministry. His courage and leadership style became the rallying forces of the modern civil rights movement. In 1963, he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech promoting jobs and freedom. The following year, he attended the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Rev. King supported non-violence and demonstrations against oppression and the Vietnam War. He was assassinated in 1968 and today his birthday is celebrated as a national holiday.

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