Profile America: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue was unveiled on August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Monday, January 15th. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 years old today. The civil rights leader, minister, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968. Today is the national holiday, honoring his birth and legacy.

America’s diverse population of some 323 million, whatever the content of their characters, enjoys the rights Dr. King promoted. This includes around 241 million whites, over 43 million African-Americans, about 1.5 million Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, 19 million Asians, and 5.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Just over 54 million people in the population are of Hispanic origin.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.

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