Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Did you know that while the idea of a holiday in his name was introduced to Congress soon after his death in 1968, it was not observed as an official national holiday until nearly 20 years later, in 1986? Despite having his life cut short, Dr. King became one of the most influential figures in American history. Dr. King was a Baptist minister who became a leader of a movement striving to end racial segregation, crusading for voting rights and becoming an icon of the civil rights movement. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, and for leading the movement with his methods of peaceful protest and civil disobedience. Dr. King has long been a role model for people seeking to end injustice in the U.S. and around the world. Today, people of all ages and races follow his philosophy and practices while promoting his dream that all people can live together as sisters and brothers. Here are some books to help you learn more about Dr. King.