Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. His religious upbringing in the King home shaped his destiny and thereby shaped the destiny of Black Americans, now and for evermore. He graduated from Morehouse College at the age of nineteen and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He graduated at the top of his class and was awarded a Doctoral Degree in 1955, Martin Luther King returned to the South to pastor the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta in January 10, 1957 to coordinate all civil rights activities. In 1963, Dr. King organized the March on Washington where he delivered one of his most famous speeches, “I Have a Dream”
On December 10, 1964 at the age of 35, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King was assassinated while protesting the rights of 1,200 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.
This stamp was issued in 1979, Scott #1771
We had an opportunity to participate in the MLK50 Bell Toll by joining others at the Missouri History Museum. We were featured on their Facebook Live feed and interviewed by a reporter, Nassim Benchaabane, from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He wrote:
Charlene Blair, 55, stood listening to Nance’s words while holding a framed picture of the ceremonial U.S. Postal Stamp bearing King’s image, part of a collection she has of stamps of famous or accomplished African-Americans.
Blair was a kindergartner in East St. Louis when King was assassinated.
“As I grew older, I became more and more appreciative of the opportunities I had in my life because of Dr. King,” she said. “I wanted to show my appreciation for all that he’s done for us.”
Here is the full article: ‘Keep the Dream Alive‘: Bells toll in honor of MLK on 50th anniversary of his death
As we start the year, we have been recognizing and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,. – one of the most inspirational people of our time. The civil rights leader left a legacy that we are still striving to achieve. The stamp below was issued January 13, 1979. He is the second stamp in the Black Heritage Series. Click the links to see a brief video and information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.