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King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son's names following a 1934 trip to Germany to attend the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. It was during this time he chose to be called Martin Luther King in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther. His mother was an accomplished organist and choir leader, and she took him to various churches to sing.
He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
King became a civil rights activist early in his career.
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for King's murder, and died in 1998 from hepatitis while serving his sentence. refusing to listen to a traffic policeman after being referred to as "boy," or stalking out of a store with his son when being told by a shoe clerk that they would have to "move to the rear" of the store to be served.