Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr., March 8, 1965
Many chapters in the story of civil rights leader Martin Luther King are well known to Americans. The I Have a Dream speech. The Nobel Peace Prize. The Mountaintop speech. His Letter from the Birmingham Jail. His commitment to nonviolence. All the incredible accomplishments of a visionary.
For the next several months we will explore the lesser known parts of his story. Our series kicks off with a post by Jay Smith, UNAC/UHCP's counsel, who shared a story his mentor, Jerome A. "Buddy" Cooper, told about King's Birmingham campaign.
This is the first in our series of posts about Martin Luther King, Jr., to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.