Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister, orator, nonviolent activist, champion of the US Civil Rights Movement, winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, is the first African American with a national holiday in his honor. The floating holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January, around the time of Dr. King's actual day of birth, was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. First celebrated in 1986, the holiday was initially met with resistance by some states. All 50 states celebrated the holiday for the first time in 2000.
At age 39, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally cut down by an assassin's bullets on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there to support a sanitation workers' strike. James Earl Ray received a 99-year prison sentence for King's murder.
Dr. King's likeness has been captured in playscale by DID Corporation with two figures shown below.
|DID 1/6 MLK Martin Luther King Jr Expo Limited Box Set retails for around $250.|
|The second DID MLK figure (shown in the above two images) includes a white podium and other accessories. It retails for around $150.|
Follow the links included in the photo captions for additional details about each DID MLK 1/6 scale figure.
Read more about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here, where there are also videos featuring people who knew him.