Was Martin Luther King Jr. ever President of the United States of America?

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morrol eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Martin Luther King Jr. was not a president. He was a civil rights leader who led marches for freedom, was imprisoned for his beliefs, spoke to the heart of the people, and inspired millions. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister, a teacher, and a leader. His influence on American society is pervasive. He was assassinated in 1968 while making a speech. He is definitely one of the most influential leaders America has ever had, but he was not President of the United States of America.

cateach3 | Student

No, he wasn't.  My students and I have discussed this because he is the only one of 3 individuals who has been given the honor of "national holiday" in his honor. [Washington and Columbus].  In some states presidents birthdays are celebrated- how MLK jr.fits in often confuses students. He did have a HUGE influence on the US- but not in the form of President.

cutter1213 | Student

No Martin Luther King, Jr was not one of the Presidents of the United States.  King was a civil rights leader during the 1960s and was assassinated for his work in earning equal rights for African Americans.  The first minority president of the United States will be Barack Obama upon his swearing in on January 20, 2009. 

jennescherer | Student
No, Martin Luther King, Jr. was not ever the President of the United States of America. He was a leader of the Civil Rights movement.
mswalczak | Student

No, Martin Luther King Jr. was not president. However, he will forever be remembered as a person who was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. He made a huge difference in the lives of many people.

alquan3 | Student

Martin Luther King jr was never a president he was termed a Martyr, meanig he died for things that he believed in such as equal rights for all citizens, no matter the race.