Martin Luther King Jr. really needs no introduction at all, however, we will attempt to do the civil rights leader justice in our brief description. 

King became a civil rights activist early on in life, having always been a gifted student, he skipped two grades growing up in Atlanta and started to attend college at age 15 without having formally graduated high school. His schooling fell in line with his religious beliefs, as he went on to become a pastor, which also influenced his activism. King was a devout Christian, who stood for non-violence, and encouraged people to treat others as they would like to be treated.

King's vision of a non-violent and equal world was a message he would spread across the United States. He soon became a national figure for the cause of African-American civil rights, after the arrest of Rosa Parks, when she refused to give up her seat in the bus. King helmed the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 which led to the end of all racial segregation on Montgomery public buses-- just a small feat within the span of King's civil activist career.

While we won't detail every moment of King's illustrious career leading up to his assassination in 1968, we can say that he did leave his mark on the world, one that will not be forgotten. As we celebrate the day of his birth (January 15, 1929) on Martin Luther King Day, we've taken the time to compile some iconic images of Mr. King as well as inspirational quotes, of which he had many.