Forty-eight years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. still stands as one of the most symbolic, most loved and most tragic of figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
This year, the home where the civil rights leader was born in some 88 years ago, will reopen after being closed since August for repairs. The modest Atlanta, Ga. home at at 450 Auburn Ave. N.E., was originally built in 1895. The historic site typically draws up to 20,000 visitors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which caused some wear and tear. After repairs to the first floor of the house, where King lived until age 12, it will open again to the public in time for the MLK holiday.
Across the country, Americans are honoring King through rallies, services and days of service. Here, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a look back at his life and some of his greatest accomplishments.
Son of a Preacher Man
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga., to Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.
He studied theology, eventually earning a Ph.D. and following in his father's footsteps, becoming a preacher. Eventually, the two Rev. Kings would co-pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta until the younger King's death in 1968.