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The genealogy of a national hero

Today — January 15, 2018 — would have been the 89th 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.

The Legal Genealogist 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, Jr.

So I will content myself today — the day on which this nation honors Dr. King for his courage and his vision — as I’ve done before1 with sharing this absolutely wonderful family tree prepared for presentation at the National Archives at Atlanta:2

From the Roots of a Tree

“From the Roots of a Tree: The Genealogy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

(Click on the image to enlarge it.)


  1. See Judy G. Russell, “The Genealogy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 15 Jan 2012 ( : accessed 15 Jan 2018).
  2. Excerpted from “From the Roots of a Tree: The Genealogy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” National Archives at Atlanta, Friends of the National Archives ( : accessed 15 Jan 2018).
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