Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s extraordinary life and legacy has touched and continues to inspire many lives. As Murray Schumach wrote in Dr. King's New York Times obituary in 1968: "To many million of American Negroes, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the prophet of their crusade for racial equality. He was their voice of anguish, their eloquence in humiliation, their battle cry for human dignity. He forged for them the weapons of nonviolence that withstood and blunted the ferocity of segregation. And to many millions of American whites, he was one of a group of Negroes who preserved the bridge of communication between races."
As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Nobel Peace Prize winner who fought so tirelessly for civil rights and equality, we reflect on the impact of this great visionary. To read how he inspired Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Bill Clinton, Bono and others, click on this story in Parade.