Martin Luther King, Jr. PORTRAYED BY KEITH HENLEY

Born Michael King and later renamed by his father, after the Baptist Minister who was a seminal leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. King is best remembered for the advancement of civil rights. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, an approach refined based on his studies with Veteran African-American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and his admiration for Ghandi. While King organized or participated in a great many, and variety, of protests, his most famous speech, the “I have a Dream”, was first delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.