Our Heroic Hunk in History is the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend King was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He died from an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, TN in 1968. As a Baptist minister, social activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, he led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death.
There are different kinds of heroic. Imagine being arrested, booked, and jailed for riding a bus. Imagine also that you can’t sit where you want on the bus because your skin is dark. What would you do?
The mug shot of Martin Luther King, Jr was taken by the Montgomery County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department when Rev. King and other African-American men were arrested on February 21, 1956 for their leadership during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was only 26 years old. Took some courage, especially when you’re scared. Maybe real heroism is courage despite being afraid.
The pic is from the Civil Rights Digital Library for more info:
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