Black American Baptist leader, whose campaigns for racial equality and social justice in Alabama had massive impact throughout the southern states and the US as a whole. His assassination is seen as inspired by racial hatred, but perhaps encouraged by prejudice on the part of some members of the then American political establishment. Certainly, there is evidence of a dirty misinformation campaign against him. His stance was informed, in both theology and piety, by the American Social Gospel tradition. His wife Coretta continues his work through the MLK Centre for Social Changes.