01/16/2012 12:16 pm ET Updated Jan 16, 2012

Latino Leaders Who Were Inspired By Martin Luther King And The Civil Rights Movement (PHOTOS)

The legacy and continued influence of Martin Luther King Jr. is undeniable, even if it has not yet fully been realized.

As Latinos, we recognize the impact he had in inspiring Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers to adopt non-violence principles -- which King learned from Gandhi's struggles against the British in India -- in their long march for better working conditions and respectable wages for the migrant laborers of California's farmlands.

We also see it in Hispanic integration and leadership across the U.S., as Latinos wield increasing influence across local, state and national stages, ensuring that the issues which matter most to Latinos are indeed 'on the table'. Their rise into these positions of influence would not have been possible without the path forged by Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, or the rising consciousness which fueled Hispanics in the 60's and 70's to listen, learn and act.

In the slideshow below please find some of the Latino activists and leaders who were inspired by Martin Luther King's example, worked alongside the Civil Rights Movement and continued to carry on a shared commitment for improving the lives of all people.

In the comments area, let us know your thoughts and who else you think should be added to the list.


Latino Activists