The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday is 30 years old Monday, but the passion and reach of the famed pastor leader of the African-American civil rights movement dates back to his youth in Atlanta. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’ve collected several of our favorite infographics and visualizations about the inspirational leader and his powerful speeches. Here’s a look at some of the numbers around King and his legacy:
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, the Times of Oman put together a stunning infographic featuring the speech itself and a few timelines during the civil rights movement.
This infographic was made possible by contributions to PBS.org from viewers like you. Thank you. Our pals over at Public Broadcasting compiled some stats on this seminal event.
With Jim Crow segregation, voting discrimination and rampant joblessness not yet in rear view, 1963 was a tough time to be black in America. The Huffington Post acknowledged the anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington For Jobs & Freedom with a look at life then and now to see what has changed since the March.
Nancy Duarte mapped out a masterpiece of American oration — known as Martin Luther King Jr.,’s “I Have a Dream” speech — to illustrate the shape of rhetorical genius using principles from her book, Resonate. Mapping the speech to her “presentation form”, Duarte reveals the magic that makes the speech so memorable.
If you’re a fan of the many inspirational quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., this graphic by JustFab featuring several popular quotations by the leader is for you.