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Today, January 15, 2011 (edit: 2012, darn it!) would have been the 82nd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April 1968, on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, the victim of an assassin’s bullet.

I couldn’t begin to list the legal changes that have occurred in the United States as the result of the life and the work of Martin Luther King. So I will content myself with sharing this absolutely wonderful family tree prepared by the National Archives at Atlanta:1

National Archives - Genealogy of Martin Luther King Jr.

(Click on the image to enlarge it.)


  1. “From the Roots of a Tree: The Genealogy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” National Archives at Atlanta, ( : accessed 14 Jan 2012).
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