Matthew Dolan Detroit Free Press Published 5:05 PM EST Jan 21, 2019 Rudy Barker's impersonation may have been the sincerest form of flattery to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "I often asked myself why did Dr. King get assassinated on my 12 birthday, April 4, in 1968," Barker wrote in a self-obituary published as part of his funeral service Monday. "It was revealed that God gave me the gift of impersonating voices so I could carry on the legacy of Dr. King." Barker died earlier this month at age 62. On Monday morning, dozens of his family and friends memorialized his life to coincide with the birthday of King, who had inspired Barker to become an pitch-perfect impersonator when he was growing up in Detroit's housing projects. More: What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? More: Rudy Barker, MLK impressionist and activist, dead at age 62 More: Warren Evans: In Washington, what Martin Luther King fought for is under attack Seated among the largely joyous crowd … [Read more...] about Why a Detroit native was compelled to mimic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 7:03 am By DeNeen L. Brown | The Washington Post Martin Luther King Jr. was born 90 years ago, on Jan. 15, 1929. But the name on his original birth certificate — filed April 12, 1934, five years after King was born — was not Martin. Nor was it Luther. In fact, for the first years of his life, he was Michael King. And it wasn’t until he was 28 that, on July 23, 1957, his birth certificate was revised. The name Michael was crossed out, next to which someone printed carefully in black ink: “Martin Luther, Jr.” The story of how Michael became Martin began in 1934 when King’s father, who then was known as the Rev. Michael King or M.L. King, was senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a prominent minister in Atlanta. In the summer of 1934, King’s church sent him on a whirlwind trip. He traveled to Rome, Tunisia, Egypt, Jerusalem and Bethlehem … [Read more...] about The story of how Michael King Jr. became Martin Luther King Jr.
THE wife of Martin Luther King Coretta was an accomplished singer before she became a civil rights activist in the US and meeting her husband. The pair met while she was at college and both became central to the movement. Here's her story... Who was Coretta Scott King? Coretta was born on April 27, 1927, in Marion, Alabama the third of four children of Obadiah Scott and Bernice McMurry Scott. She became politically active mainly due to her experience of racial discrimination by the local school board. Coretta won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. It was while studying singing at that school with Marie Sundelius that she met Martin Luther King, Jr. The pair married on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her mother’s house with his father performing the ceremony. Coretta criticised the sexism of the Civil Rights Movement in January 1966 in New Lady magazine, saying: "Not enough attention has been focused on the roles played by women in the struggle. By and … [Read more...] about Who was Martin Luther King’s wife Coretta Scott, when was her death and what is the award named in her honour?
MARTIN Luther King was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century and played an key part in the civil rights movement in America during the 1960s until he was assassinated in April 1968. He was shot and killed by James Earl Ray, who went on to spend the rest of his life in prison. Here's Ray's story and why he killed the man who delivered one of history's greatest speeches. Who killed Martin Luther King? James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray was born into a poor family on March 10, 1928, in Alton Illinois. He left school when he was 15 and later joined the US Army towards the end of World War II but he struggled to adapt to military life. He received a 99-year prison term for murdering Martin Luther King Jr. When did James Earl Ray die? Before he died Ray was transferred to Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville, which is a maximum security prison with hospital facilities. He died on April 23, 1998. He was 70 … [Read more...] about Who killed Martin Luther King, when was James Earl Ray’s death and why did he shoot the civil rights leader in Memphis?
MARTIN Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights activist who believed in non-violent protest. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of pastor Martin … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are his most memorable quotes?